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Synod of Bishops

Synod of BishopsThere are times when the Faithful need to offer their insights, concerns and needs to the Synod of Bishops when it meets in assembly.

The Vatican website gives information about assemblies held from 1971. 

Can. 342 The synod of bishops is a group of bishops who have been chosen from different regions of the world and meet together at fixed times to foster closer unity between the Roman Pontiff and bishops, to assist the Roman Pontiff with their counsel in the preservation and growth of faith and morals and in the observance and strengthening of ecclesiastical discipline, and to consider questions pertaining to the activity of the Church in the world.

Can. 343 It is for the synod of bishops to discuss the questions for consideration and express its wishes but not to resolve them or issue decrees about them unless in certain cases the Roman Pontiff has endowed it with deliberative power, in which case he ratifies the decisions of the synod.

CCRI's 2014 1st Worldwide Gathering in Rome

Our Forum on theFamily: Listening to the Faithful was well received.

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.

An Account of Reform Groups four-day series of meetings in Rome

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

d Filo 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 Hatton 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 (behinbut can't be seen); Miriam Duignan, Women Priests, U.K.; John Buggy, Australian Reforming Catholics and CCRI; Martha Heizer, We Are Church, Austria.

Francis's Vision for the Church

You will gain an insight into the pope's vision of the Church and how he sees his role by reading his pre-conclave comments to the Cardinals the evening prior to his election in 2012. These comments may guide all reform organizations toward a more effective action plan.The pope is not going to dictate changes from the top down. He has made it clear that he wants his bishops to bring proposals to him.

Individually, to solve current problems, each one of us must take on the role of addressing our local bishops to get them to ask the pope for what the people feel is needed in their locale. For example, it is likely that one bishop somewhere in the world will ask to allow for the acceptance of married priests or the appointment of a community leader because he has no other alternative to make the Eucharist available to the people. And, when this is asked, it most likely will be granted. That is how we envision Pandora’s box will be opened - on a local level one region at a time.

We encourage you to take this duty seriously. Make your wants known to your local bishops. Click here, to find the name of the delegates and attendees to the 2015 Family Synod.

Position Papers for 2014 Synod of Bishops

September 2014: Our Position Papers have been delivered to the Synod of Bishops from CCR Int'l as our gift sharing the wisdom of our experience in living as Christian families in today's world and the challenges that Church teaching presents.

These papers were also be the agenda topics for all Regional Gatherings held around the world.

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

Agenda Topics for the Regional Gatherings

The Agenda Topics are put forth to give a uniformity to all Regional Gatheringsheld either locally or online throughout the world.  There are four topics which can be addressed in a variety of ways depending on the desire of each gathering. Ideally, it is suggested that Regional Gatherings consider committing to four meetings – one meeting per topic. They could be spread out weekly, bi-monthly, or even one per month. For large group gatherings, it may work best to hold an all-day Saturday meeting in which all four topics would be covered in break-out sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.These decisions will be made by the organizers of the gatherings.

To view the entire submission as provided to the Synod, click here.