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Our mission is

(1) to live our baptismal rights and responsibilities by speaking out for the good of the People of God, thereby affirming transformative change in the Catholic Church;

(2) to work towards the creation of Small Christian Communities based on the Gospel values of inclusivity, justice, love and truth;

(3) to support the work of others working for reform;

(4) to promote synodality throughout the world; to embrace the synodal style in all that we do.

Only when such structural and systematic transformations occur, will additional specific reform issues take place.

OUR OBJECTIVES are:

  1. to give reformers worldwide an opportunity to speak out with all of our diversity;
  2. to reinforce to the Vatican, to ourselves, and to Catholics everywhere that, by virtue of our baptism, we already have the right and responsibility to speak out for the good of our Church;
  3. to encourage the faithful to think independently, to recognize the primacy of their conscience, and that it is their duty to speak out on matters that concern the good of our Church;
  4. to transform our belief that We are the Church into forward moving action steps; and to return our Church – in the spirit of Vatican II – to the values and spirit that Jesus modelled.

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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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