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After 9 years, Francis reorganizes Vatican with focus on evangelization, roles for laypeople

Mar 19, 2022
by Christopher White

 

Rome — Pope Francis has overhauled the Vatican's central bureaucracy for the first time in over 30 years, dramatically expanding the number of top leadership roles lay men and women can hold and reorganizing Vatican departments under the central priority of evangelization.

The 54-page text of the new Apostolic Constitution was released on March 19 — 9 years to the day of Francis' inauguration as pope in 2013 — and fulfills a top priority of the College of Cardinals, who made clear their desire to improve and decentralize church governance when they gathered in Rome to name a successor to the then-recently retired Pope Benedict XVI. 

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American Catholics need to shed some habits to get in the synodal spirit

This short article is worth reading as we are engaged in holding and participating in synodal gatherings:
Rene
 
This article appears in the Synod on Synodality feature series. View the full series.

The conversations about the synodal process are telling. In discussions with friends on the Catholic left, it appears that some are approaching the synod with a clear agenda. Advocacy groups like the Women's Ordination Conference and New Ways Ministry are providing materials for their members to get involved and, to be clear, there is nothing wrong about that. In fact, the Vatican has encouraged such involvement.

I am even told that some pundits and columnists are voicing strong opinions on what the synod can or should accomplish! Heaven forbid!

Still, I have a warning: Agendas misunderstand what synodality is about. They are so thoroughly American, we take them for granted, but the phenomenon warrants some attention.

We Americans are planners and doers, and we conceive of grand projects with definite objectives. Our history is marked by the completion of such projects: the Erie Canal, the transcontinental railroad, Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic in a solo flight, sending astronauts to the moon.

It is one of the essential, problematic facts of American history, and one I confess I shall never completely understand, that the dominant intellectual and moral force in early British America, Calvinism, was so keen to defend the omnipotent sovereignty of God, yet gave birth to a culture that would prove such fertile soil for the myth of the self-made and the cult of libertarian patriotism.

Read Entire Article: National Catholic Reporter

 

New Year's Blessing

 

 May synodal gatherings fill every corner of the world in this New Year

We hope you are already engaged in gathering with others to listen to the Spirit and to each other as you share your insights into communion, participation, and the mission of our Church in today's world. Pope Francis wants to hear from everyone whether you are actively involved in the Church or even from those who have long since walked away from the Church. If you have no synodal gathering to join in this New Year, we encourage you to begin one of your own. Just invite a small group of friends or people who have opinions about the Church. Simply click here now for guidelines how to do this. If you are unable to join or start a synodal listening session in your own region, consider joining us at CCRI. Beginning in the New Year, we are offering multiple new online gatherings to accommodate the various time zones globally. Please check out the available times that may work for you and register for the one that best fits your schedule.

Pope Francis is serious about wanting to hear our stories and for us to share our lived experiences - for better or for worse - growing up in the Church. If you are unable to attend any of our gatherings and have none other that you can attend in your own region, then you are invited to send your personal story along with your solution of how your situation could have been better handled to the head of the Synod office in Rome: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc Sr. Nathalie Becquart: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is in sharing our stories that reform will come about. Feel free to pass this information onto to your contacts both in and out of the Church and invite them to join us and/or share their stories with the Synod office.

 Take advantage of end-of-the-year tax deductions and be part of reforming our Church

YOUR GIFT – IN ANY AMOUNT – IS PRICELESS

When you make a donation to support our cause, you join with others who are investing in restoring our Church to what Jesus intended. If you are part of the movement to stop contributing to your local parish and/or diocese, you may want to take advantage of the end-of-year tax deductions by contributing to CCRI in its stead. The dollars we receive are used to run our programs and to reach a broad spectrum of the People of God. We are focused on reaching out to the Faithful, reform activists, young adults as well as those who feel abandoned by the Church, to mention just a few. Your personal contributions in offering your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your donations are most appreciated.

Wishing you all the best for this New Year!
Rene Reid
CCRI director

 

CCRI synod sessions Choice

Subject: CCRI online gatherings

Thank you for expressing interest in being part of our CCRI online synodal gatherings. We are now offering a new set of online initial gatherings. It is our belief that this call of Pope Francis encouraging us to gather in small groups and share our stories offers far more hope for Church reform than even Vatican II back in the 60s. Pope Francis wants to hear from practicing Catholics, of course. But even more, he wants to hear from those who’ve walked away from the institutional Church, from other denominations, from men and women young and old. He wants to hear stories of how people have been hurt and what drove some away along with suggestions for how the situation(s) could have been better handled by the Church.

In light of the importance of these, we at CCRI are offering multiple online gatherings to accommodate the various time zones globally. Please check out our choice of new times to hold an initial gathering and register for the one that best fits your schedule. In addition to this initial gathering, there will be other follow-up online sessions over the coming months. Share this information with your contacts especially if they have been hurt or disillusioned by the Church and, if they have no place else to go, invite them to join with us by registering for the gathering of their choosing.

You have three choices to participate in an initial online CCRI synod. These are the corresponding times for our 1st initial online gathering:

Location

Local Time

Time Zone

UTC Offset

San Francisco (USA - California)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 8:00:00 am

PST

UTC-8 hours

Chicago (USA - Illinois)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10:00:00 am

CST

UTC-6 hours

New York (USA - New York)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:00:00 am

EST

UTC-5 hours

Mumbai/New Delhi (India)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 9:30:00 pm

IST

UTC+5:30 hours

London (England)/Dublin (Ireland)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 4:00:00 pm

GMT

UTC

Paris (France)/Berlin (Germany)/

Valletta (Malta)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 5:00:00 pm

CET

UTC+1 hour

Corresponding UTC (GMT)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 16:00:00

   

 

These are the corresponding times for our 2nd initial online gathering:

Location

Local Time

Time Zone

UTC Offset

San Francisco (USA - California)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 8:00:00 am

PST

UTC-8 hours

Chicago (USA - Illinois)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:00:00 am

CST

UTC-6 hours

New York (USA - New York)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 11:00:00 am

EST

UTC-5 hours

Mumbai/New Delhi (India)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 9:30:00 pm

IST

UTC+5:30 hours

London (England)/Dublin (Ireland)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 4:00:00 pm

GMT

UTC

Paris (France)/Berlin (Germany)/

Valletta (Malta)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:00:00 pm

CET

UTC+1 hour

Corresponding UTC (GMT)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 16:00:00

   

 

These are the corresponding times for our 3rd initial online gathering:

Location

Local Time

Time Zone

UTC Offset

San Francisco (USA - California)

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6:00:00 pm

PST

UTC-8 hours

Chicago (USA - Illinois)

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 8:00:00 pm

CST

UTC-6 hours

New York (USA - New York)

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 9:00:00 pm

EST

UTC-5 hours

Sydney (Australia - New South Wales)

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1:00:00 pm

AEDT

UTC+11 hours

Brisbane (Australia - Queensland)

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12:00:00 noon

AEST

UTC+10 hours

Auckland (New Zealand - Auckland)

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 3:00:00 pm

NZDT

UTC+13 hours

Corresponding UTC (GMT)

Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 02:00:00

   

 

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Pope Francis is serious about wanting to hear our stories and share our lived experiences growing up in the Church. If you are unable to attend any of our gatherings and have none other that you can attend in your own region, then you are invited to send your personal story along with your solution of how your situation could have been better handled to the head of the Synod office: synodus@synod.va and cc Sr. Nathalie Becquart: n.becquart@synod.va. Remember, it is in sharing your stories that reform will come about.

 

Feel free to pass this information onto to your contacts both in and out of the Church and invite them to join us and/or share their stories with the Synod office.

 

Grateful to join with you in this undertaking,

Rene Reid

CCRI director