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Official Responses

  • 15 October 2014 - Email from Bishop Etienne of Wyoming, U.S.A. reassuring us that our CCRI concerns are being addressed in the Synod

  • Letter from Cardinal Ravasi, head of the office for Cultural Affairs

  • Letter from Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State for the Vatican,

  • Email from Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand thanking us for the invitation to our Forum but unable to attend due to prior commitments.

  • Letter from Cardinal Gracis, Bombay, India thanking us for sending our recommendations and indicating that they will help him with his own reflections as he prepares to attend the Synod.

  • 2 July 2014 - Email  from the Bishop of Perth, Australia acknowledging receipt of our recommendaitons and promised to study and consider them.

  • 25 June 2014 - Email from the Bishop of Nashville, Tennessee acknowledging that our material (our recommendations to the Synod) will be helpful to orient him. 

  • 23 June 2014 - Email from the Bishop of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania acknowledging appreciation for our position paper recommendations to the Synod.

  • 17 June 2014 - Email from the Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York who promises to get to our attached paper (our recommendations to the Synod) after June 30.

  • 27 February 2014 - Letter from Sean Patrick Cardinal O'Malley's Office acknowledging appreciation for the time and effort we've given to preparing the documents for the February meeting of Pope Francis with his Council.

Worldwide Organizations

See the worldwide organizations who are speaking out to Pope Francis about the reform of our Church.


Petitions that have been signed over the years supporting similar reforms.



Petition to reinstate Rev Professor Hans Küng as an official Catholic theologian

Nessan, from Ireland, Ed, from The Netherlands, and CCRI invite you to join them in sending the letter below to Pope Francis. Please use the form below the letter to sign it.

From Professor Leonard Swidler


I urge all of you to sign AND forward this petition to all of your networks, urging them to likewise sign and share widely.

Actually, over a year ago I had an email conversation with Hans’ and my former colleague Cardinal Kasper (not Joseph Ratzinger—I don’t have his email address), urging him to use his influence with Pope Francis to name Hans a Cardinal (as happened to John Henry Newman while he was still alive by Pope Leo XIII).


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Dear Pope Francis,

Catholic Church Reform International’s mission is to activate and strengthen the voice of the People of God in order to reform injustices and inequalities in Church teaching and practice, which inhibits relationship with God.

In keeping with Canon Law 212 §2 and §3, and your expressed wish, all baptized Christians have the right to speak openly about their concerns for our Church. We regard Fr Hans Küng, a renowned and respected theologian, to be preeminently competent in this regard.

Fr Küng is 88 years old and over his lifetime has made an extensive contribution to interpreting the significance and uniqueness of Christ. In doing so over many decades he has demonstrated a deep love for the Church and for the truth. He remains a Ministerial Priest in good standing. However, his license to teach as a Catholic theologian was withdrawn many years ago.

We ask that we do not wait until years after his death to reinstate him, as was the case with Galileo, Teilhard de Chardin, and other distinguished Fathers of the past.

Pope Francis, we earnestly and respectfully urge you to reinstate him now.


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