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Are religions above Fundamental Rights?

by Astrid Lobo Gajiwala Mumbai: On November 29, more than 50 Muslim women and social activists entered the inner sanctum…

December 4, 2016: Second Sunday of Advent Year A

Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, a valued CCRI Advisor, preaches on the readings for the Second Sunday of Advent    

Christian women in India take steps to address clerical abuse cases

After efforts to persuade the Catholic church in India to deal with sexual abuse of women by clergy, and upset…

Is it time for a Plenary or National Council of the Catholic Church in Australia?

by Peter J Wilkinson15 May 2012 originally published in The Swag A plenary or national council (or synod) is an…

“Impact of Religion and Culture on Women’s Empowerment – An Indian Perspective”

Statement from the National Consultation at Montfort Social Institute, Hyderabad, 23rd – 26th September, 2016. Pack nothing.  We bring only…


by Rene Reid  Reproduced with permission from OMG journal In an address to the Synod bishops in October 2015, Pope…


Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C. ANNUAL SNAP CONFERENCE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS June 24 to 26, 2016Revised August 16, 2016 (Reproduced with…

A Response to Pope Francis’s Commission on Women Deacons

by Ann Gilroy RSJ Women Religious welcome any development in Church that responds to women’s repeated call to have an…

Choosing the next Archbishop of Melbourne:

 how it should occur, and why this is important by Peter Wilkinson The Diocese of Melbourne was established in 1847. …

Why the delays in appointing Australia’s Bishops?

Bishops for the Australian mission From 1788, when the First Fleet sailed into Botany Bay, until 31 March 2016, seventeen…

Selecting new bishops – a proposal involving the faithful

Peter Johnstone, President of Catholics for Renewal Inc, outlines a proposal for selecting the nine new bishops Australia will need…

The Synod on the Family – Success or Failure?

by Paul Collins I was talking recently about the Synod with a very experienced parish priest. He said that if…

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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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