March 28. 2016
To church reform organizational leaders:
At this time when Christians are being persecuted all around the world - in France, Belgium, the U.S., and now Pakistan, it is time for Christians to unite and stand together. If the Roman Catholic Church is to join in such an effort, it must set aside its superior attitude and recognize the genuineness of other Christian denominations and other world religions.
Pope Francis has made it clear. He does not want to be a monarchical leader of the Church handing down orders from the top. Rather, he sees the Church structure as an upside down pyramid with the Faithful at the top feeding Spirit-guided reflections down to their bishops and pastors, who in turn, bring their concerns to the pope to request what is needed in their diocese. The challenge is that far too many bishops are not ready to relinquish their power and, consequently, are not inviting the Faithful into dialogue. If this process is to happen, it is up to the People of God to make it happen.
January 31, 2016
As part of our strategy for this year, it is our intent to do all in our power to bring about changes in Church teachings and practices - changes that will ensure that the dignity of all persons prevails and that the People of God are given their rightful place to have a deliberative voice in the governance of our Church.
Preparing for Pope Francis's meeting with his Council
On February 8 and 9, Pope Francis is calling his council together to discuss the decentralization of the Church. We have long awaited this topic to be addressed. Join with us in making our voices heard at this gathering by signing the letter to the pope and his eight Council members. You may sign either as an individual or on behalf of an organization or both.
Join with other Reformers in a Pilgrimage Walking the Camino de Santiago
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