Letters to the Pope

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Being Church at the Peripheries

Here is another open letter to Pope Francis from young adult Catholic leaders. Feel free to support this cause as…

Open Letter to Pope Re Appointments to Synod

Dear Pope Francis: When you called the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, we welcomed this initiative as a genuine attempt…

Sign petition to Stop the Attacks on Pope Francis

Amid a robust Italian debate over the leadership of Pope Francis, a cross-section of liberal Catholic groups in the country…

Concerns regarding the 2014 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

[French] [German] [Hungarian] [Spanish] This letter expresses the thoughts of many concerning the 2014 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops…

French – Concerns regarding the 2014 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Février 2014 Saint père: Nous espérons que nos propositions, en lettres en date du 19 Septembre et du 27 Novembre…

Hungarian – Concerns regarding the 2014 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Őszentsége Ferenc Pápa! Reméljük, hogy segítették munkáját azok a javaslataink, amelyeket az ez év szeptember 19-én és november 27-én kelt,…

German – Concerns regarding the 2014 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Lieber Papst Franziskus: Wir hoffen, dass Ihnen die Vorschläge in unseren Briefen vom 19. September und 27. November 2013 nützlich…

Spanish – Concerns regarding the 2014 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

                                                                                                                        Febrero de 2014 Querido Papa Francisco: Confiamos en que te hayan resultado útiles nuestras propuestas incluidas en las cartas…

ACCCR summarises many worldwide views

The Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Renewal (ACCCR) articulately summarised the views of many in their letter to Pope Francis…

Seeking dialogue with the Pope and our Bishops

  We sent this letter to Pope Francis in advance of his December 2013 meeting. Specifically, this letter asks for an opportunity…

Asking that all Catholics participate in the selection of their bishops

To Pope FrancisCopied to: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican City state administration: Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, archbishop…

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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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