- On June 20th, 2013 Catholic Church Reform launched our website forming a worldwide network of reform-minded individuals and organizations.
- A September 4, 2013 teleconference call [click on and scroll to bottom of page] where 60 plus individuals agreed that joining together had value, were able to concur on a primary issue that all shared, and nominated global representatives to serve on the letter drafting committee.
- A letter for Pope Francis' October 2013 meeting was drafted, underwent several revisions in a discernment process, then posted for feedback from both individuals and reform group representatives, and ultimately signed by over a hundred church organizations and over 6000 individuals.
- Press conferences were held on September 25, 2013 in cities around the world. Press releases appeared in countless global newspapers both secular and Catholic. Some representatives of organizations were interviewed on radio and TV, and several online and paper news articles reported on this worldwide initiative.
- Father Lombardi reported that a frequently discussed topic at the October meeting was “concern for the role of the laity in the Church and the world.” Based on this together with the announcement of the Synod being called next October to discuss families, we believe our letter to the pope is helping trigger the pope's actions. It appears we were heard.
- Co-sponsoring with Catholic Organizations for Renewal a revision of the questionnaire released by the synod of bishops, Vatican survey on family life, in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod of bishops scheduled in October 2014. Sixteen thousand people completed the U.S. survey. Click here to see the results of this survey.
- A letter to Bishops was mailed to the office of every bishop in the United States, November 2013.
- A letter for Pope Francis' December 2013 meeting was hand-delivered to the Pope.
- A letter for Pope Francis' February 2014 meeting was delivered to the Pope.
- A press release was sent out February 2014 expressing our disappointment at so few laity being apppointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity and those who were appear to hold pre-Vatican II views.
- A letter to the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops requesting, in a spirit of openness and transparency, that they make public all reports on the Vatican Survey taken by the faithful was sent February 2014.
- Letter from Sean Patrick Cardinal O'Malley's Office acknowledging appreciation for the time and effort we've given to preparing the documents for the February meeting of Pope Francis with his Council.
- An event in Rome, Forum on the Family - LIstening to the Faithful, scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3, 2014 just prior to the start of the Extraordinary Synod called by Pope Francis.
Our Primary Focus for 2015 is to effect reform of the governance of the Catholic Church. To this end we have laid out a Strategy Plan for this year put forward by our Strategic Team and supported by our Advisory Group who develop our actions and strategies and guides our direction.
In line with our overall objective to gain a voice for the baptized in the governance of our Church our Focus is:
- to gain representation of a diverse group of 21st century families at the October 2015 Synod.
- to act as responsible members of our Church by taking proactive steps to speak out on matters that concern the good of our Church.
- to be respectful and objective, rather than confrontational or rebellious, as we communicate with church hierarchy in preparing for the 2015 Synod.
- to explore ways to creatively contribute valuable input to the Synod of 2015, whether or not the lay faithful are invited to participate.
- to communicate with particular offices within the hierarchy.
Our overall focus relates to:
- Transformational return to the Gospel message of Jesus
- Selection and election of bishops
- Decentralization and co-responsibility
- Accountability, transparency and inclusiveness
- Gender equality in every aspect of mission, ministry, and decision making
- Listening to the voice of the People of God, the sensus fidelium.
These groups have gradually come together as individuals with an eclectic base of professional or religious expertise and a deep commitment to reform of our Church. The countries represented by these members are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Board of Directors
Filo Hirota, Council for Justice and Peace, rep for Japan, Italy
Rene Reid, co-founder and author, U.S.
Joan Chittister, author, lecturer, U.S.
The people making the ultimate decisions for CCRI
|Kochurani||Abraham||theologian, speaker, and author||India|
|Rachael||Alphonso||young adult committee||India|
|Barbara||Born||Researcher for Church Reform|
|Clyde||Christofferson||Attorney and member of NOVA, an Intentional Eucharistic Community||USA|
|Barbara||Dreher||CSJ; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carandolet||USA|
|Claire||Hitchens||Call To Action||USA|
|Colm||Holmes||We Are Church||Ireland|
|Paul||Hwang||Woori Theological Institute, Seoul,||South Korea|
|Zach||Johnson||CTA Executive Director||USA|
|Paschal||Kearney||retired Irish member of the Holy Ghost Fathers/Spiritans||Australia|
|Peter||Mbuchi Methu||Interfaith Africa||Kenya|
|Alloys||Nyakundi||liaison with Small Christian Communities||Kenya|
|Don||Pribor||Church Worker Justice Organizer for Call To Action||Mexico/Brazil|
|Michael||Redfearn||digital literacy consultant||Canada|
|Rene||Reid||author and co-founder of CCRI||USA|
|Christina||Reymer||active church reformer||New Zealand|
|Virginia||Saldanha||Indian Women’s Theological Forum||India|
|Jean Pierre||Schmitz||Global Council Network||France|
|Ed||Schreurs||Open Church Alliance||Netherlands|
The people who advise the Strategic Team to make the ongoing decisions for CCR Int'l
|Abbot Father Michael||Order of Franciscans Ecumenical||USA|
|Anne and Edmund||Aquilar||New Zealand|
|Jo||Bock||Advisor of the Coordination of the Belgian SCC||Belgium|
|John||Buggy||Australian Reforming Catholics||Australia|
|Dennis||Collier||Call to Action – Madison Area (Wisconsin||USA|
|Agostino||De Caro||Bshop in the ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ||Italy|
|Joseph and Amelia||Deserto-Sury||USA|
|Eduardo||di Silva||We are also Church||Norway|
|Alan||Doulton||Evangelizing for a more vibrant, alert, and aware Church (E-VAAC)||India|
|Lynn||Enright||active in Women's Ordination||Canada|
|William||Faulkner||A Gathering of Friends||USA|
|Kathy||Fegan||member of the House Church of Mary and Joseph||USA|
|John||Freml||member of Equally Blessed||USA|
|Ed||Gerlock||working with farmers, urban poor, elderly||Philippines|
|Isaac||Gomes||Treasurer of Catholic Association of Bengal||India|
|Gideon||Goosen||theologian, member of ARCC||Australia|
|Mary Lou||Hamilton||Catholic Network for Women's Equality (CNWE)||Canada|
|Carol||Harris||member of Alliance of Louisville Laity||USA|
|Janet||Hauter||American Catholic Council||USA|
|Filo||Hirota||Co-Director - CCRI||Japan|
|Caridad||Inda||Executive Director of Center for International Resources||Mexico|
|Guia||Jambalos||Religious of the Cenacle, Spiritual Directress||Philippines|
|Peter||Johnstone||Catholics for Renewal||Australia|
|Richard||Kipyegon Soi||Catholic priest,||Kenya|
|James||Kottoor||journalist and author, former priest||India|
|Raquel||Mallavibarrena||We are Church – Spain||Spain|
|Sr. Mary John||Mananzan||Philippines|
|Vincenzo||Maria Rosario Chianese||theologian, founder of Marian Missionaries of the Holy Spirit||Italy|
|Matthew||Mwangi Theuri||South Africa|
|Meneldil||Palantir Talmayar||President of Tol Ardor||France|
|Sheila||Peiffer||Women's Ordination Conference||USA|
|Janice||Poss||Call to Action||USA|
|Brad||Pritts||member of a regional group of Voice of the Faithful||USA|
|Denis||Rigdon||Advocate for social justice||USA|
|Tom||Roberts||priest with Catholic Ecumenical Church||USA|
|Fr. Joe||Ryan||A Call to Action||UK|
|Gerald||Stack||active reform support from Western Australia||Australia|
|Scilla||Stack||active reform support from Western Australia||Australia|
|David||Timbs||Catholics for Renewal||Australia|
|Peter||Wilkinson||Catholics for Renewal||Australia|
|Robert||Younas||Community Service/ Apostle of World Apostolate of Fatima||Pakistan|
Ad Hoc Advisors
The people who advise CCR Int'l on major decisions
Tony Biviano with Bishop Robinson’s group, Australia:
Mary Ellen Chown with CNWE, Canada:
Mark Day, a former Franciscan and news producer in San Diego:
Geoff Harris, member WAACSA South Africa:
Bishop Karl Rodig with Catholic Ecumenical Church of Christ, U.S.:
Jose Maria Vigil, a Catholic author, Panama:
Joe Boyle: Catholic Organizations for Renewal
Organizations to keep in loop of communication
Donna Doucette, VOTF
Deb Rose-Milavec, Future Church
These people believe in the profound importance of the reform of our Church and have given their support and lent their name and credibility to our movement.
Director Faith and Praxis FCJ, Organizational Analyst.
Founder of Accelerating Catholic Church Reform
Professor emeritus of theology, Emory University.
Media producer for the For Christ's Sake petition, Australia.
Founder of School of Americas Watch and advocate for the Ordination of Women.
Spokesperson, We are Church Ireland, and Coordinator NGO peace Alliance.
Former president Canon Law Society of America
Writer-in-residence, John Carroll University
William V. D'Antonio:
Professor of sociology, Catholic Univ of America
Former Franciscan, news producer, San Diego, California
John A. Dick:
Historical theologian, Louvain Univ; VP Assoc. for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
Theologian and deacon
Retired Benedictine, founding member of CORPUS
Patrick B. Edgar
President, Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
Ivan Fernandes Catholic journalist, former managing editor ucanews.com in Bangkok-Thailand, Former member of the Society of Jesus, Calcutta Jesuit Province
Retired parish administrator, Memphis Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Redemptorist priest and advocate for Biblical justice living.
Chair, American Catholic Council
Freelance writer and consultant; former director of Catholics Speak Out
William Coughlin Hunt:
Peritus (expert) of Vatican II, former professor of theology
Author, former priest, and journalist with Catholic reformation Society of Kerala, Palai in India
Priest, theologian, and author; president of the Foundation for a Global Ethic
Member of the Spanish Movements: Corriente Somos Iglesia and Redes Cristianas.
Mary John Mananzan:
Executive Director of the Institute of Women's Studies; member of the Admin. Council of Generals and Prioresses of the Benedictine Order
Emeritus professor earth sciences, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Professor of theology emeritus at College of the Holy Cross and Univ. of Dayton
Author of Elect our Bishops; emeritus professor theology, Fordham Univ
Married priest, college professor and author
Nun, co-founded the northern New Jersey chapter of Voice of the Faithful
Retired judge, First Appellate District in San Francisco; an early member Voice of the Faithful
Doctor in theology, member of the Living Faiths Commission of the Victorian Council of Churches, President of the Goulburn Valley Regional Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, co-founder of Catholics for Ministry, Australia.
Professor emerita of Bible and Religious Thought; Commander, US Coast Guard
Gaston Roberge, S.J.:
Theologian, film scholar, and author, founder of Chitrabani, the only independent film library in Kolkata, India.
Dr. Karl Rodig:
Bishop, the International Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ.
Priest, educator in China
Canadian educator and writer; author of Journeys to the Heart of Catholicism
Ingrid H. Shafer:
Professor emerita of philosophy and religion, Univ. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Former Benedictine monk-priest; author of Celibacy, Sex, & Catholic Church
Coordinator, Pax Christi in Maine
Professor of theology, Temple Univ; founder Assoc. for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
José María Vigil:
CMF, a Spanish liberation theologian from Panama, member of the Association of Third World Theologians, member of the Congregation of Claretian Missionaries.
Benedictine Sister, author and lecturer; co-chair Global Peace Initiative of Women
Council for Justice and Peace, rep for Japan
Author & lecturer; former nun and Religious Ed Director; M.A. in theology; talk show host
OUR MISSION is (1) to embrace our baptismal rights and responsibilities by speaking out with a united voice, thereby actualizing transformative change in the Catholic Church; and (2) to work towards the creation of a Church Community based on the Gospel values of inclusivity, justice and love.
Only when such structural and systematic transformations occur, will additional specific reform issues take place.
OUR OBJECTIVES are:
- to give reformers worldwide an opportunity to speak with one voice;
- to reinforce to the Vatican, to ourselves, and to Catholics everywhere that, by virtue of our baptism, we already have the right and responsibility to speak out for the good of our Church;
- to educate the faithful by encouraging them to think independently, to recognize the primacy of their conscience, and that it is their duty to speak out on matters that concern the good of our Church;
- to transform our belief that We are the Church into forward moving action steps reached in consensus; and
- to bring our Church back – in the spirit of Vatican II – to the values and spirit that Jesus modelled.