Open Letter to Pope Francis regarding married Roman Catholic Priests
Common Priesthood of Women
French people respond to Synod Survey
Pact of the Catecombs
Global Church Reform Group backs U.S. request for married priests dialogue
German Bishops think Sacraments should be okay for Divorced/Remarried
New Qstionnaire released by Synod for all the Faithful
Rome Bishops to rethink Pastoral Care of Families
Marginalized Catholics "very hopeful" about apacy of Francis
Bishop offers solution to Divorce/Remarriage
A walk through the Synod on the Family from start to date
Towards the synod: India's multiculturalism, a challenge and a resource for Christian families
Final report from the Synod now in English
Letter from Cardinal Nichols reporting on the 2014 Synod
Make your voice heard at the Synod
The People Speak
Our Jubilee Year of Mercy Paper, called "The People Speak," gives an "ineffective" and sometimes "very ineffective" rating on the Church hierarchy and the effects of their teachings on families today. Please join with us in getting this paper out which summarizes the results of our surveys and regional gatherings over the past two years on critical topics including Divorce and Remarriage, Catholics leaving the Church, LGBT, Use of Contraceptives, Role of Women, Cohabitation, Priestly Celibacy, and more.
Given that the above universal position may not fit for every region of the world, you may present this survey data adding your own introduction and conclusion to suit the needs of your region. The objective of this paper is to give our support to Pope Francis and his Jubilee Year of Mercy which officially begins this December. But before then, and prior to the opening of the 2015 Synod in early October, it is especially important for everyone to assist in getting this paper out to the policy decision-makers for our Church.
The People Speak Out
We invite you to participate in our blog called The People Speak Out, where we invite you to share your own very personal story of how Church teachings have shaped your life . . . for better or for worse. Why stories? Because stories, whether you like it or not, crawl inside you more than facts, figures, papal bulls, or dogmas. Stories are the way that Jesus touched (and changed) people. We believe that stories, even more than summary reports and logical arguments, will put truth in front of the bishops and challenge them to seek new ways to address the very real issues facing individuals and families today.
The discussion topics in the blog - include not only the critical issues named above in our Jubilee paper but also - invlte Catholics who've left the Church (what is likely the largest denomination in the world) to tell us what issue or event led to their leaving and what it would take to bring them back. We encourage you to state your real name but, if your story is too personal or could hurt someone else, you may post your story anonymously. This may be painful but may not only help heal you but also help Bishops to make the right decision to So go now to post your story or that of someone you know personally, add a comment to someone else's story, and/or post the links below on your website:
If these links don't open in your region, you may use www.CatholicChurchReform.com/blog.
Support Future Church's Letter to U. S. Bishops
Join FutureChurch's efforts today by signing our Open Letter to the U.S. Bishops urging them to open a discussion at their next general assembly in November with a view to presenting concrete suggestions for opening ordination to Pope Francis. Following his model, we urge the USCCB to undertake a fresh examination of our early church tradition of a married and celibate priesthood, a diaconate served by women and men, and invite priests who have married back to ministry. Please encourage local bishops to open this important dialogue at a diocesan level particularly in the areas most affected by the priest shortage.
Go to www.futurechurch.org/actions/openletter2014 to sign the letter and forward it onto others.
We are currently seeking to expand our outreach
If you are interested in joining with reform-minded people to support Pope Francis in transformoing our Church from an institution of prescriptive rules into an inclusive and welcomng community, please take a moment to share a bit of information with us.
CCRI has delivered our response to the Synod Questionnaire
The Questionnaire released by the Synod has closed. We not only see it as having failed to reach the people of God as Pope Francis had requested. We fear that it was designed to fail. As a worldwide network, our greatest concern is that the complexity of the Lineamenta Questionnaire has deterred the majority of people from participating. For this reason, CCRI chose to create our own more user-friendly survey. Click here to read the summary report of the 2400+ responses delivered to the Synod on April 13, just prior to their April 15 deadline.
CCRI's 2015 Plans
As we spend this year preparing for the 2015 Ordinary Synod, CCRI strives to reform our Church from an exclusive club made up of members who keep all the rules to an inclusive community where all are welcomed. Like Pope Francis, our vision is a Church more like a field hospital: nursing the wounded, welcoming the forsaken, showing compassion to those hurting, and fogiving those who have made mistakes along the way. See our strategy plans outlined through October 2015.
We can't leave the reform of the Church up to the all male hierarchy. Pope Francis needs to hear from us. In the near future, we will be providing you with a Living Voice Register giving everyone the opportunity to share your personal experiences of how church teachings have impacted your lives- for better or for worse. How has the church helped you in your lives and how, if at all, how church teachings caused you pain?
Send a letter to your Apostolic Nuncio. CCRI has sent a letter to the U.S. Nuncio asking him to notify Pope Francis of our concerns. We have drafted a model letter to Nuncios all over the world for your convenience. We encourage you to send this letter adding your own unique concerns pertinent to your country. You can go here now to find the email address of each Apostolic Nucnio worldwide.
Forum on the Family: Listening to the Faithful
To learn about our CCRI Gathering in Rome in 2014, click here.
Click here for sitemap.
of more than a hundred reform groups and individuals from 65 countries. If you would like to collaborate with us to
continue on the path set by Vatican II, you have come to
the right place. Welcome!
If there is to be any reform
of any kind in the Catholic Church, it must begin with the people having a voice.
The need has never been greater than it is at this moment
in time for the People of God to unite our voices so as to be strong enough to be heard in our Church.
Our special advisor,
Sr. Joan Chittister, reminds us:
"Until we raise a common voice we will not only not be heard,
we will not even be listened to in the light of larger issues
and larger groups, all clamoring for attention."
See the worldwide organizations who have joined together to speak out to Pope Francis about the reform of our Church.
Alone, the pope cannot change the world. A pope for
the people must have a people for the pope. This
initiative gives us a means of being with Pope Francis.
Gaston Roberge, SJ, India
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