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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
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."
(Vatican Radio) In the course of a dialogue during a meeting with the participants in the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General, which took place in May, Pope Francis expressed his intention to “establish an official commission that could study the question” of the diaconate of women, “especially with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
After intense prayer and mature reflection, Pope Francis has decided to institute the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women. As president of the Commission, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ. In addition to Archbishop Ladaria, the commission is composed of six women and six men from academic institutions around the world.
Below, please find the complete list of the members of the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women:
Dear Rene and other co-signatories,
These are important questions you raise (Newsletter, 12 July 2016) that I’ve been trying to get my head around for perhaps a decade or more, even discussing them quite a number of times with Bob Kaiser. In our country (Australia), and in new statistics released today for Germany [LINK], 90% of the adult baptized have ceased participating and listening. They don’t write letters of protest to bishops, or the pope, as they see that exercise as a complete waste of time, energy, even the cost of a postage stamp. It is seen as absolutely futile as they appear to have learned a long time ago that the hierarchy are only listening to a small “remnant element” who want to undo completely the insights of Vatican II. The recent Life-Site video which you may have seen which has been sent to Pope Francis and the 218 active cardinals in the world are the sort of people the rest of us are competing against. If you haven’t seen the video we’ve uploaded a copy of it on catholica
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:
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?