Around the World
Voices of the people. These are items sent in by our advisors, partners and friends from around the world. Signs of hope and stories that they want to share with all of us. Activities they have participated in. Initiatives they have taken. Ways they have walked. Turns they have taken. Where they have stood and walked in solidarity, in prayer, in seaking and searching.
Events where CCR Int'l or our friends and partners were directly involved:
December 6, 2015 - Virginia Saldanha, India
October 12, 2015 - from James Katoor, India
April 26, 2015 - from James Katoor, India
April 25, 2015 - from Indian Women Theologians Forum
March 26, 2015 - from Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, India
March 25, 2015 - from Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, India
February 26, 2015 - from Future Church
February 18, 2015 - from Isaac Gomes in India
January 30, 2015 - from Alan Doulton in India
January 11, 2015 - from the Philippines
November 19, 2014 - from Australia's Catholics for Renewal
November 19, 2014 - from India
September 4, 2014 - from Canada
August 21, 2014 - concerns from India
Communion for the Divorced by Chhotebhai
August 8,2014 - Leadership Conference of Women Religious:
Joan Chittister's most recent NCR article supports the sisters and encourages them to "Cry Out, Sisters, Cry Out!" Old Monk's prayer and plea for the sisters is that they have the courage to say: "As members of LCWR, we stand with our sister, Catherine of Siena, in reminding the faithful, "We've had enough of the ehortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues. I see the world is rotten because of silence." To offer your support to the LCWR, sign the petition now.
July 30, 2014 - Palestine:
What is going on in Gaza is not war. It is outright massacre of innocent civilians. More than 650 people killed and over 4000 injured, the majority being civilians; this cannot be justified as an act of self-defense! It is time for a radical change of concepts and positions. Israelis and Palestinians can live together in peace and mutual love if the root causes of injustice are removed. Education given to the people was negative in past years. A new education must begin. The same conversion should happen in the hearts of Israeli Authorities.
May 21, 2014 – Austria
The Vatican has issued a Decree of Excommunication for the head of We Are Church Austria, Dr. Martha Heizer, and her husband Gert. The charge is celebrating the Eucharist at their home without the presence of a priest. We have a news article, the statement by the diocese, a state
May 14, 2014 – U.S.A.
New journal launched Our friends and partners at Accelerating Catholic Church Reform (ACCR) have started a new journal: The OMG! Journal (The "Oh my God!"-journal), dedicated to the proposition that "church-stuff" need not be boring. Among the initiators is our very own, maverick church reformer Robert Blair Kaiser ("I have lots of arrows left in my quiver!"). The first issue features a sassy 6,000-word profile on Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted. It is written by Kaiser and tells in intimate detail how the bishop excommunicated Mercy Sister Margaret McBride for authorizing what he called an abortion at St. Joseph's Hospital in Arizona and then, when the hospital refused to kowtow to his iffy authority, excommunicated the hospital as well. Read A Wayward Bishop by Robert Blair Kaiser.
May 10, 2014 – The Netherlands
A partner group of CCR Int'l in the Netherlands is telling us that their bishops are less than open about the recent Family Survey. They are asking Pope Francis to use his influence to make participation of the faithful possible in the Church . . . more »
April 30, 2014 – Rome/U.S.A.
Rome has confirmed again its judgement against the LCWR and has criticized the U.S.-American sisters for not complying with Rome's orders. more »
April 24, 2014 – Slovakia
Reform friends and supporters of ousted Slovak bishop Robert Bezak tried today to deliver 3,500 signatures to the Vatican ambassador in Bratislava, asking for Bezak to be reinstated.
March 26, 2014 – Germany
German Bling-Bishop removed. Report of Bishop's Conference cites irregularities, understating of costs, and lavish expenditures on new diocesan center and bishop's residence. "It is not the bishop, the fault lies in the structure of . . . more »
March 24, 2014 – Australia
Australian Cardinal Pell is testifying today before the Royal Commission on Child Abuse. What is the link between the Church’s dysfunctional governance and child abuse? Read the submission by our Australian partner group Catholics for Renewal Inc. to the Commission.
March 21, 2014 – Germany
Call for participation goes mainstream. Catholic Youth League asks to give people a role in election of bishops . . . more »
March 14, 2014 – Germany
The Cologne Church Initiative publishes results of their survey "What kind of Bishop do the faithful want?" CCR Int'l sends letter of support . . . more »
March 11, 2014 – Germany
Schüller banned by German diocese. The bishop of Regensburg in Bavaria has banned Helmut Schüller from the Austrian Priests' Initative from speaking at a local church. CCR Int'l expresses concern and solidarity . . . more »
March 9, 2014 – Switzerland
2,000 Swiss Catholics took to the streets today protesting the exclusionary practices of Bishop Vitus Huonder. One of our advisors was there . . . more »
March 1, 2014 – Netherlands
Currently those employed by the Church are asked to swear obedience to the bishops. A letter from the Netherlands suggests the obvious: Why not change the oath and swear obedience to . . . more »
February 24, 2014 – India
Reports from current protests from four church reform groups in India. more »
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