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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.

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"...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)

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