September 1, 2016
Today we released the following press release as the newly created department for the Laity, Family and Life is officially launched. We offer this for your reading and, if you agree, we invite you to send this out to your local news media.
If reform is going to come in our Church, it will be because the people are speaking out and being heard. If you want to join in the reform movement, we encourage you to start or join a small local gathering.
To all interested in seeing the Church evolve into the values of Vatican II:
There are many things we can do together to continue to call for the reform of our Church
Join us in making a selfie video
Call a gathering in your community
You may already be holding meetings in your area. Now we invite you to share the outcomes of these meetings on www.ThePeopleSpeakOut.org.
If you're interested in gathering a few people together and would appreciate some help in getting this started, click here. Following on the two Synods attended almost entirely by bishops, there is discussion among reform groups about holding a People's Synod sometime in the future. Your local gatherings could well be a lead up to this and become part of a growing global movement: Act Local - Think Global.
Virginia Saldanha (India) said this about local gatherings: "If we don't act, positive changes will not happen. Local and smaller communities have a greater sense of participation. It is an opportune moment in history. Francis wants a thorough going synodality that listens to the grass roots. Our focus on local gatherings is apt, because local communities model a style of participation that needs to be adapted to the larger communities that build on the local church."
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..