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02 – Get together with others

Join with us by signing up for a regional gathering (listening session) either online or locally in your part of the world. To be included in the Catholic Church Reform International worldwide gatherings to be held March through August of 2015, please complete this form.

Most find the Vatican questionnaire overly complex and unworlable. We at CCR Int’l believe more direct involvement of the faithful is needed. In order to prepare more fully for the Ordinary Synod of 2015 called by Pope Francis, two action steps are now being organized:

  1.  calling for holding diocesan synods throughout the world ideally working with the local bishop but, if that option is declined, to go forward with lay-initiated regional gatherings to discuss where our life experiences differ from the current institutional church teaching on living as Christian families;
  2.  tallying the results of these regional and local gatherings in order to present them, as our gift, to the Synod of Bishops to place on their agenda. The reasoning behind this is that an all male clerical and presumably celibate group of bishops has no personal experience of family life.

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Speaking Out with One Unified Global Voice

"...Until we raise a common voice, we will not only not be heard, we will not even be listened to....   

My hope is that by speaking out together - a strong chorus of calls for reform - we can provide a common, a clear, a strong and ongoing voice for the yet incomplete vision of Vatican II.

In common cause, let us band together across the world. By our desire to be heard on particular issues - all of them important - let us not lose the strength of our common voice by reducing it to a whisper.

In light of this, we invite individuals and organizations to join together in making known our opinions for the good of our Church. By uniting our voices, it is not about abandoning the unique work of your organization but rather about how your work can enhance global reform."

Sr. Joan Chittister, CCRI Special advisor

"We have to join our forces in order to reach a real breakthrough in this window of opportunity." Hans Kung, CCRI Consultor


"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." [Ethiopian proverb]


"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." [Kenyan proverb]

"(The Christian faithful) have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful." (Canon 212 §3)

CCRI is also interested in helping support various causes in regions of the world by garnering the support of our entire global community for those who need support beyond their parish, organization, or locale. Send us (1) your name and affiliation, or (2) the name of your group with some description of your goals, membership, and numbers. Click here to see those organizations who have already joined together speaking out for reform of our Church.



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