To representatives of Church Reform Organizations:
We'd like to explore ways that we might work together to bring about the reform that we are all striving to create. Even though each of our groups have differing missions focused on specific issues, there are certain basic principles that are universal to all of us:
- The People of God should have a deliberative voice in the governance of our Church;
- Too many Catholics simply go along with the institutional Church unaware that their voice could make a difference;
- These people could be guided and taught that they have the right and the duty to speak up for the good of the Church.
Is there something we could all do to move the People who are the Church out of their pews and into a place where they would begin to speak up?
To all who support Church reform:
We stand in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando, Florida massacre along with their families and loved ones who are grieving their loss. As the shooter declared himself a “soldier of ISIS,” so we declare ourselves followers of Jesus Christ. Consequently, let us look into our hearts and ask ourselves what more we can do to counter the hatred and violence that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our world. Perhaps one step is the proposal that we are bringing forward to you today.
Invite friends to a small gathering in your community
Francis has been our pope for just over three years now and, while he has brought a fresh spirit of openness to the Church, he is still meeting with resistance in many parts of the world to get bishops to open dialogue with the grassroots. Not waiting for the initiative of the bishops, Francis is also encouraging the People of God to speak up, to "make some noise" and "bother our pastors!"
We are delighted by the many people who take time to send short reponses, generally of appreciation, for our newsletters. The Directors and Strategy Team take note of all they say.
From time to time there is a longer response which the CCRI leadership would like to share more widely..