Letters to the Pope
In each letter you will see that our tone is one of support to Pope Francis, encouraging him to continue to move forward to bring about compassionate renewal in our Church.
We began in 2013 by asking that there be acknowledgement of our baptismal rights and responsibilities to have an effective voice in the governance of our Church. We went on to ask for dialogue with him and our bishops. Furthermore we asked that proactive encouragement be given to the formation of Pastoral Councils and convening of diocesan Synods. Pope Francis called assemblies of the Synod of Bishops in 2014 and 2015. Our letters engaged with various aspects of the subject matter.
The letters have been composed by a network of friends throughout the world and they invite you to sign the current one either as an individual or as a group.
Each letter is being hand-delivered to the Pope and copied to each of the members of his council of eight cardinals.
Signing our letters is anonymous. We provide the Pope with the number of signatures broken down by country and status but the names are not included.
Pope Francis wants to hear from you – whether you are Catholic, former Catholic, a Christian or non-Christian.
Just fill out the signature information at the bottom. Thank you!
Dear Pope Francis:
In this year of mercy, we ask mercy of the Church for the suffering within its own ranks. On the grassroots level, we meet priests who live in grief and sometimes in poverty. We welcome your acknowledging in Amoris Laetitia that “we could draw from the experience of the broad oriental tradition of a married clergy.”
Abbot Michael of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) brought the following to the attention of CCRI
If you wish, we can send you a list of all the reform-minded Catholic organizations from North and South America, from Europe, Africa and Asia and countless Catholic individuals who support this petition.