Newsletter – 27 October 2017

October 27, 2017

Calling on all who support Pope Francis:

Silence implies Consent – We must Speak Up! 

“Alone, the Pope cannot change the world. A Pope for the People needs a People for the Pope.” Gaston Roberge, S.J., India

Pope Francis is under attack by the right-winged conservative minority within our Church. Admittedly some of us are not happy with the speed of reform nor has our Holy Father adequately addressed the issues of clerical sexual abuse or the role of women. Nevertheless, he doesn’t deserve to be accused of heresy. In Germany, several bishops, theologians, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and academicians have penned a letter to Pope Francis. If you wish to join in expressing to him “our gratitude for your courageous and theologically sound papal leadership,” we invite you  to go now to www.WeSupportPopeFrancis.net and at the top left click Pro Pope Francis link to add your signature to the German letter. While there, we also invite you to join a movement begun in Spain to “support the Pope and his reforms in search of a more evangelical Church” by clicking the Pro Pope Francis banner on the top right link to add your signature “to support him and follow him through the ecclesiastical ‘updating’ path.”

All are invited to create an account on www.WeSupportPopeFrancis.net to share your comments on the website. We welcome your views, favorite quotes, and articles that particularly speak to you. Please share other sites which discuss Pope Francis’s teaching in a constructive way. Positive criticism is also welcomed.

You are invited to join the Facebook group and follow these postings on Twitter. Go to www.WeSupportPopeFrancis.net and click on the icons in the top righthand corner to be taken to the pages. 

Pope Francis: Embodying the Human Touch of the Spirit


“Without doubt, in Francis we have a Pope who through his freeing leadership witnesses to the world a new and different way of being Church today. His attempts to give a more human face to the Church in a way that makes the heart of God more tangible, may be disconcerting to many. Yet, the Spirit blows where it wills, and it is undeniable that in the person of Pope Francis, the world encounters the human touch of the Spirit.” So says Dr. Kochurani Abraham, a feminist theologian, who left a congregation of women religious to lead an independent religious life in her home state of Kerala, southern India. The 57-year-old scholar has a doctorate in feminist theology from the University of Madras in southern India. She completed her bachelor’s degree in theology from St. Pius College in Mumbai, western India, and licentiate in systematic theology from Comillas University in Madrid. Click here to read her full article. 


Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation 





We Are Church Int’l (WACI) is inviting us to join in organizing vigils outside our local cathedrals and churches this Sunday the 29th of October 2017. It is an opportunity to stand up for the needed reforms in our Church. What Luther began 500 years on October 31, 1517, we can continue to move forward today. WACI would love to have photos from every continent in the world sent to them. 







Document based on Sound Theology 

Theologians and reformers are preparing to work on a theologically-based document to further back Amoris Laetitia and the many positions Pope Francis has taken over his papacy. If you are or know progressive clergy, theologians, or knowledgeable lay people who might join us in drafting the document in support of Pope Francis, please email us now. The next Zoom meeting of committee reformers from around the world will be scheduled for early November. The proposed topics that have been raised by Francis to be included in this document are:

  • clericalism
  • LGBT Catholics
  • role of women
  • divorce and remarriage
  • husband and wife relations
  • being an inclusive church. 
  • the environment
  • world economy
  • refugees
  • young adults

Please let us know of any additional topics that you’d like to see addressed.

Spread the Word

Please pass this newsletter onto your friends and family and post on your social media pages. The more grassroots support the bishops see for Pope Francis’s style of leadership, the more likely we are to bring about reform and the more likely that the next Conclave will elect someone of similar outlook.

Thank you for your contributions and continued support. Your donations make it possible for us to continue our work to bring needed reform to the Roman Catholic Church.


Rene Reid
CCRI Director

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