Newsletter – 16 May 2016

Greetings at the start of this Pentecost Season of the Church:

CCRI is here to support reform movements coming from various organizations throughout the world. If you agree, we invite you to sign the following three petitions:


Petition in Support of Married Priests

Countless priests have left the priesthood – most often because, while they want to serve as a priest, they also want to love a woman and have a family. And all too often, they are dismissed in disgrace and treated as outcasts. Many even fall into poverty. This petition coming from the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) simply asks the Church, particularly in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to be merciful within its own ranks. Go here to read the full petition and, if you agree, please sign it. You may sign either as an individual or as an organization.

Petition in support of the Role of Women

This grassroots campaign, sponsored by more than two dozen Catholic Organizations, asks that the Church cease subordinating the role of women in the Church and move toward creating A Church for our Daughters. They are now seeking global signatures to add to their petition to the US Bishops’ Conference for their June meeting. You may offer your support either as an individual and/or on behalf of an organization. Go here to read the full petition and, if you agree, please sign it. 

Petition in support of reinstating Reverend Professor Hans Kung as an official Catholic theologian

As you may know, /Father Küng wrote an article in last month’s edition of NCR wherein he shares that Francis has responded to his request to have a free discussion on the infallibility dogma. “I was thus overjoyed to receive a personal reply from Francis immediately after Easter. Dated March 20, it was forwarded to me from the nunciature in Berlin,” says Professor Küng. In the pope’s reply,Küng lists the significant points. Read the entire NCR article and editor’s notes here.

U.S. Catholic groups commend Pope Francis for responding affirmatively to Hans Kung’s request for dialogue, call for restoring Kung’s standing as a Catholic theologian and urge greater recognition for the pastoral role of theologians


If you have not already signed this petition, we invite you t join with us in asking Pope Francis to reinstate Hans Küng as a Catholic Theologian. Unlike similar acknowledgements in times past, we urge Pope Francis to reinstate this wonderful priest who has contributed so much to Catholic theology, and to do so during his lifetime.  

In all three of these petitions, if you agree and are able, please post these on your websites and promote them in your newsletters.  


Rene Reid, Director
Catholic Church Reform Int’l

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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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