Marginalized Catholics "very hopeful" about Papacy 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
Looking to the 2015 Synod
Tom Reese Interview
Francis is asking us to take sides
Time for bishops to imitate Francis on consulting priests and laity
From Bob MIckens
Francis: Let us break down the wall that divides us
Letter from Cardinal Gracias, Bombay, India
NCR article about CCR INt'l by Joan Chittister
Around the World Sent In By Our Supporters And Partner
Dr. Martha Heizer, Head of We Are Church Austria excommunicated. Vatican penalizes Dr. and Mr. Heizer
for celebrating the Eucharist without the presence
of a priest. Read more here!
Our sister reform group ACCR launched a new journal:
The OMG! Journal
The premier issue features an article about
how a local bishop excommunicated Mercy Sister
Margaret McBride. Read more here!
U.S. Sisters: During their 2014 visit to Rome the LCWR was critized for not complying with Rome's injunction against
the organization and told that the Vatican's judgment against
them remains in full force. Read more here!
Albert Rouet, retired bishop of
and Klaus Mertes, SJ, of Germany were
selected for the 2014 Freedom in the Church award by the Herbert Haag Foundation
More Signs of Hope What to Expect from the Synod
We have to join our forces in order to reach a real
breakthrough in this window of opportunity.
Check Out Our Recent Activities
CCRI's 2015 Plans
Our focus for this year is the Synod on the Family. The 2015 synod is to be held Oct. 4-25, 2015, at the Vatican on the theme: "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World." It follows the 2014 synod, held Oct. 5-19, on the theme: "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization." The 2014 synod, known as an extraordinary synod, mainly involved the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences. The 2015 synod, known as an ordinary synod, is to be much larger, involving several elected representatives from each bishops' conference.
As a worldwide network, our greatest concern is about the Lineamenta Questionnaire released by the Vatican Secretariat. Pope Francis directed the Synod Fathers "to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront.” (Pope Francis, Concluding Discourse, 18 October 2014).
But once one begins to read the 46 questions (actually 94) that all require essay-type responses, it becomes evident that the questionnaire is unworkable. We at CCRI feel this questionnaire is doomed to fail. In fact, we suspect it was designed to fail. We have also been monitoring diocesan websites around the world and we are hardpressed to find many bishops using the Vatican Questionnaire. It is so overwhelming and complex that it would appear even most bishops reallize its uselessness and find themselves stymied how to go about gathering the feedback of their people.
Consequently, we have written an Open Letter to Pope Francis an invite you to go there now to join us in signing.
CCRI has joined with the Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) in signing a petition asking for a broader representatation of families to be invited to the 2015 Synod. We also invite you to join with us in signing this petition.
Pope Francis has been under a great deal of criticism from conservative Catholic groups. CCRI has joined with a cross-section of supporters of Pope Francis
in Italy to ask these groups to Stop the Attacks on our Pope. You may read the English translation of this petition on our website and we invite you to sign this petition supporting Pope Francis.
CCRI's 2014 1st Worldwide Gathering in Rome
was well receivedTo follow our day to day reports of events and happenings in Rome, go to www.CatholicChurchReform.com/blog.
Church Reform representatives share hopes for the Synod and action steps being taken
Left to right: Reyanna Rice, Concerned Catholics of Montana, U.S.; Mary Beth Stein, Council of the Baptized, U.S.; Dr. Karl Rodig, Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ, international;Clyde Christofferson, NOVA, U.S.; Brendan Butler, We Are Church, Ireland; Scilla Stack, Women and the Australian Church; Kate McElwee, Women's Ordination Conference and Catholic Organizations for Renewal; Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Office of Women and Gender Affairs, Philippines; Elizabeth Price, U.K.; Ed Schreurs, Vision of the Faithful Catholics, Netherlands; Marilyn Hatton, Australian Catholic Coalition of Church Renewal; Paul Collins, Catholics for Ministry, Australia. Not in photo: Janet Hauter, American Catholic Council, U.S.; Noel McCann, Association of Catholics, Ireland; Fr. Keith Brennan, Association of U.S. Catholic Priests; John Buggy, Australian Reforming Catholics; Martha Heizer, International Movement We Are Church; Deb Rose-Milavec, Future Church, U.S.; Susannan Birke, Switzerland.
Listen to our speakers for the Forum on the Family.
Read about our four-day series with CCRI, IMWAC, ACC, Future Church, WOW/WOC/Women Priests, AUSCP, and several Australian Groups all working together in Rome for the renewal of our Church.
St. Peter's Square on the opening day of the Synod
Front row left to right: Sr. Filo, CCRI Board of Directors; Deb Rose-Milavec with Future Church; Rene Reid, CCRI; Janet Hauter, ACC and CCRI; Marilyn Hauter with ACCCR, Australia; Fr. Keith Brennan, Assoc. of U.S. Catholic Priests and our celebrant for our Mass. Back row left to right: Nerina Murray and Norm Murray, Canada; Susanna Birke, Switzerland (behind Filo but can't be seen); Miriam Duignan, Women Priests, U.K.; John Buggy, Australian Reforming Catholics and CCRI; Martha Heizer, We Are Church, Austria.
Media Reports on presence of Reform Movement in Rome
A Hongkong online newspaper is folllowing CCRI through Janet's blog (scroll part way down page),
Fr John Wotherspoon OMI, an Aussie priest working in Hong Kong as a prison chaplain, October 9, 2014.
Robert Mickens' Address to the CCRI delegates in Rome, Catholica, Brian Coyne, Australia, October 9, 2014
Suggestions for updating Catholic Thinking on Listening to the Sensus Fidelium, Catholica, Brian Coyne, Australia, October 8, 2014
Where is the Democracy at the Synod on the Family, NPR, Maureen Fiedler, October 6, 2014
Vatican Synod Tests The Pope's Vision Of A More Merciful Church, NCR, Syliva Poggioli, Oct. 5, 2014
As CCRI raises our banner asking for Families to have a vote in Family Synods, we are surrounded by the gendarmes. Future Church, October 5, 2015
International Press Conference held by Reformers, Future Church, October 4, 2014
CCRI invites all Reformers to share their hopes for the Synod, Future Church, Oct. 3, 2014
Reformers to Pope Francis: Don't wait for the Bishops, Boston Globe - Crux, October 3, 2014
Reform Group in Rome calls for Family Input in Synod, NCR, Josh McElewee, October 2, 2014
Catholic Church Reform's Alternate Gathering highlights lay vocation, NCR, Joan Chittister, Oct, 2, 2014
Synod on the Family: the new battleground for the future of Catholicism?, Catholica, Brian Coyne, Australia, Sept. 29, 2014
Invited or Not, Here they Come, NCR, Joan Chittister, July 3, 2014
Join us in signing our letter to Pope Francis asking him to review the arrangements for the Synod to ensure that there is within its membership a truly adequate representation from ordinary and diverse Catholic families, with appropriate provision for them to share their views, be heard, and to have a vote.
Join us in asking that the Extraordinary Synod be publicly broadcast. See our open letter to Pope Francis. If you agree,sign our petition asking that the Synod be publicly broadcast.
Our Recommendations for the Synod
Pope Francis has encouraged all to be part of the synodal process. From January to May, 2014, we discussed the family-related issues that would be discussed in the Synod.. Our working groups then put together a set of recommendations for the Synod which we released to Cardinal Baldisseri and the Synod on May 22, 2014. To view the entire submission as provided to the Synod, click here. To read in other languages, see below.
Read our submission to the Synod here
Nuestra contribución al Sínodo
Unsere Impulse für die Synode
Il nostro contributo al Sinodo sulla Famiglia
is a movement seeking needed reforms in the Church.
of more than a hundred reform groups as well
as 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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