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Church reform requires decentralization, synodality



Pope Francis, 17 October 2015, said in a speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the setting up of the Synod of Bishops,

The first level of the exercise of synodality is had in the particular Churches. After mentioning the noble institution of the Diocesan Synod, in which priests and laity are called to cooperate with the bishop for the good of the whole ecclesial community,(22) theCode of Canon Law devotes ample space to what are usually called “organs of communion” in the local Church: the presbyteral council, the college of consultors, chapters of canons and the pastoral council.(23) Only to the extent that these organizations keep connected to the “base” and start from people and their daily problems, can a synodal Church begin to take shape: these means, even when they prove wearisome, must be valued as an opportunity for listening and sharing.

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Read Church reform requires decentralization, synodality by Thomas Reese SJ


News from Around the World to December 2015

Events where CCR Int'l or our friends and partners were directly involved:

December 6, 2015 - Virginia Saldanha, India

A Vision of the Church for the Future

October 12, 2015 - from James Katoor, India

Feeling One with the Church

April 26, 2015 - from James Katoor, India

Peddlers of Pure Blood: Deadly Virus

April 25, 2015 - from Indian Women Theologians Forum

Common Priesthood of Women

March 26, 2015 - from Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, India

Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala on her interfaith marriage

March 25, 2015 - from Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, India

Meeting of Women in Inter-Faith families

February 26, 2015 - from Future Church

Pope Francis, Everthing is not OK yet for Women in the Church

February 18, 2015 - from Isaac Gomes in India

Kolkata Protests against Attacks on Christian Minorities

January 30, 2015 - from Alan Doulton in India

The State of the Catholic Church

January 11, 2015 - from the Philippines

The Philippine Church from Sr. Mary John Mananzan

November 19, 2014 - from Australia's Catholics for Renewal

A walk through the Synod on the Family from start to date

November 19, 2014 - from India

Towards the synod: India's multiculturalism, a challenge and a resource for Christian families

September 4, 2014 - from Canada

Where are the Families at the Catholic Synod on the Family?      

August 21, 2014 - concerns from India

Communion  for the Divorced by Chhotebhai

August 8,2014 - Leadership Conference of Women Religious:

Joan Chittister's most recent NCR article supports the sisters and encourages them to "Cry Out, Sisters, Cry Out!" Old Monk's prayer and plea for the sisters is that they have the courage to say: "As members of LCWR, we stand with our sister, Catherine of Siena, in reminding the faithful, "We've had enough of the ehortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues. I see the world is rotten because of silence." To offer your support to the LCWR, sign the petition now.

July 30, 2014 - Palestine:

What is going on in Gaza is not war. It is outright massacre of innocent civilians. More than 650 people killed and over 4000 injured, the majority being civilians; this cannot be justified as an act of self-defense! It is time for a radical change of concepts and positions. Israelis and Palestinians can live together in peace and mutual love if the root causes of injustice are removed. Education given to the people was negative in past years. A new education must begin. The same conversion should happen in the hearts of Israeli Authorities.

Martha and Gert Heizer

May 21, 2014 – Austria

The Vatican has issued a Decree of Excommunication for the head of We Are Church Austria, Dr. Martha Heizer, and her husband Gert. The charge is celebrating the Eucharist at their home without the presence of a priest. We have a news article, the statement by the diocese, a state

ment by the Heizers, a commentary, as well as addresses and phone numbers.

May 14, 2014 – U.S.A.

New journal launched Our friends and partners at Accelerating Catholic Church Reform (ACCR) have started a new journal: The OMG! Journal (The "Oh my God!"-journal), dedicated to the proposition that "church-stuff" need not be boring. Among the initiators is our very own, maverick church reformer Robert Blair Kaiser ("I have lots of arrows left in my quiver!"). The first issue features a sassy 6,000-word profile on Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted. It is written by Kaiser and tells in intimate detail how the bishop excommunicated Mercy Sister Margaret McBride for authorizing what he called an abortion at St. Joseph's Hospital in Arizona and then, when the hospital refused to kowtow to his iffy authority, excommunicated the hospital as well. Read A Wayward Bishop by Robert Blair Kaiser.

May 10, 2014 – The Netherlands

A partner group of CCR Int'l in the Netherlands is telling us that their bishops are less than open about the recent Family Survey. They are asking Pope Francis to use his influence to make participation of the faithful possible in the Church . . . more »

April 30, 2014 – Rome/U.S.A.

Rome has confirmed again its judgement against the LCWR and has criticized the U.S.-American sisters for not complying with Rome's orders. more »

Bishop Bezak Protest Bratislava

April 24, 2014 – Slovakia

Reform friends and supporters of ousted Slovak bishop Robert Bezak tried today to deliver 3,500 signatures to the Vatican ambassador in Bratislava, asking for Bezak to be reinstated.
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March 26, 2014 – Germany

German Bling-Bishop removed. Report of Bishop's Conference cites irregularities, understating of costs, and lavish expenditures on new diocesan center and bishop's residence. "It is not the bishop, the fault lies in the structure of . . . more »

March 24, 2014 – Australia

Australian Cardinal Pell is testifying today before the Royal Commission on Child Abuse. What is the link between the Church’s dysfunctional governance and child abuse? Read the submission by our Australian partner group Catholics for Renewal Inc. to the Commission.

March 21, 2014 – Germany

Call for participation goes mainstream. Catholic Youth League asks to give people a role in election of bishops . . . more »

March 14, 2014 – Germany

The Cologne Church Initiative publishes results of their survey "What kind of Bishop do the faithful want?" CCR Int'l sends letter of support . . . more »

March 11, 2014 – Germany

Schüller banned by German diocese. The bishop of Regensburg in Bavaria has banned Helmut Schüller from the Austrian Priests' Initative from speaking at a local church. CCR Int'l expresses concern and solidarity . . . more »

March 9, 2014 – Switzerland

2,000 Swiss Catholics took to the streets today protesting the exclusionary practices of Bishop Vitus Huonder. One of our advisors was there . . . more »

March 1, 2014 – Netherlands

Currently those employed by the Church are asked to swear obedience to the bishops. A letter from the Netherlands suggests the obvious: Why not change the oath and swear obedience to . . . more »

February 24, 2014 – India

Reports from current protests from four church reform groups in India. more »

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