Report on Press Conferences held worldwide
On September 25, 2013 press conferences were held worldwide to announce the joint effort of 100 Church Organizations worldwide who had come together to address Pope Francis and his advisors on needed reforms in our Church and to urge them to acknowledge the rights and responsibilities of baptized Catholics to have a say in matters of concern for the good of the Church.
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests : We are an organization of Catholic women and men who are living an inclusive, egalitarian priestly ministry located in U.S, Canada, Latin America. Contact Bridget Mary Meehan.
CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church. CORPUS, celebrating thirty-nine years of service to the people of God, is one of the oldest reform groups in the Catholic Church, and is active in reform movements both in the U.S. and abroad. We are committed to working for a renewed priesthood of married and single men and women dedicated to serving God through the Community of Believers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Allen Moore.
Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ: We believe that the Church must be concerned not just with herself and her relationship of union with God, but with human beings as they really are today. We have well over one million members, primarily Roman Catholics, but also Anglicans, Lutherans, Orthodox located in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Cuba, Europe, Hong Kong, Latin America, New Zealand, Philippines, USA. Contact: Dr. Karl Rodig.
Ecumenical roman Catholic Diocese of America: an independent Catholic diocese committed tofoundational Catholic teachings and beliefs and to moving forward with the work begun by the Spirit at Vatican II toward being an inclusive and just Church. We welcome Christians of all traditions and all people of good will to join us in our service to others and our worship. United States and Europe. Contact Bishop William Manseau.
ELSF: means “Online and No Borders,” a group of lay women, religious in Latin America and Spain engaged in in theological research: continued reflection, training, communication, collaboration, dissemination of feminist theology. Contact Maria Luisa Paret García.
Housetop is an international Catholic network that provides resources for reform. We maintain the largestacademic online library on the ordination of women in 26 languages. We have published extensive research on the women deacons of the first millennium, including the original sacramental ordination rites. We providepastoral guidance on sexual ethics in 4 languages. In October 2012 we sponsored the Catholic Scholars’ Declaration on Authority in the Church in 8 languages. Contact: John Wijngaards
Married Priests Now! Catholic Prelatures International:committed to reinstate the married priesthood in the Latin Church as it was in the beginning. USA, Africa, India South America,, Philippines. Contact Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan.
We Are Church Int’l: Committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church based on the Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965) and the theological spirit developed from it. committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church based on the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit developed from it.
Wijngaards Institute: Focus on producing pioneering theological research by coordinating leading academics worldwide to collaborate on reports tackling the Church’s officially uncomfortable, difficult, and disputed areas.
We are All Church South Africa (WAACSA): South Africa. A community of laity, priests, religious, former priests and religious who are now married committed to work for the renewal of the Church as envisaged by Vatican II. Contact Brian Robertson.
Cristianos para el Tercer Milenio was formed in 2012, when the former dictatorship Jorge Videla, openly acknowledged to the press that they – the military- had killed more than 8 thousand people, tortured them and afterwards made them disappear. He expressed no remorse and boasted that he received support from some members of the national episcopal conference.In the end, nothing was done. Videla subsequently died in prison and we continue our work to address other issues that are important in our church pastoral agenda. Contact: Hernan Patiño Mayer.
Australian Reforming Catholics: We are several hundred lay Catholics, former Catholics, bishops, priests, and religious committed to achieve change within our Church in accordance with Vatican II. Contact John Buggy.
Catholics for Renewal Incorporated, Australia: we are a group of lay and clerical; male and female, former and now married priests who are seeking renewal of the church that is Christ-like in its mission & governance. Contact Frank Burke.
Inclusive Catholics: an evolving movement/community in Melbourne, still in its embryonic development. In late August, 2011, I resigned as a parish priest after 32 years and began this new venture/ministry. I initiated it in response to two complementary unfolding experiences. First was my growing conviction that the Institutional Catholic Church was wrong in its teaching on Women’s Ordination and on Homosexuality. More recently I discerned a personal calling to minister to and with Catholic people who share these beliefs and have been longing for a community that celebrates the Catholic Eucharist in ways that support these beliefs. Other people drawn to this movement include victims of clerical abuse, and their supporters, who do not want to be associated with the church institution. Contact: Greg Reynolds.
Kiama Social Justice, Ecology and Peace Group: We are a Church group of lay Catholics. Our purpose is to raise awareness of social justice issues; encourage the Parish’s involvement locally, regionally, and globally in order to foster social justice, ecological sustainability and peace; promote open, honest and constructive dialogue support the leadership of our Bishop – the Bishop of Wollongong, and the Catholic Bishops of Australia on issues of Social Justice. Contact: Ann and Geoffrey Long.
Women and the Australian Church (WATAC): provides a forum for those searching for an inclusive church and to enable the voice of women to be heard on global and social justice issues.The aim of WATAC is to model new ways of being church, based on a “discipleship of equals.” Contact Bernice Moore.
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Basic Church Community has come together to demonstrate a desire for active and communal liturgy, a desire for co-operation and fellowship, a desire for reinterpreting the gospel in an existing situation, a desire to come together around a common issue. The promotion of BCCs is a answer to the threats raised by individualism, consumerism, impersonal relationships, superficial religious practice and unconcern for others. The group consists of about 35 members on Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada,Some members are ex nuns, priests and lay people, all enlightened Catholics. Contact: Hans Kratz.
Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) is a Canadian organization that has been working for 32 years, for justice and equality for women in the Catholic church and in the world. We engage in letter writing, press releases and media interviews, dialogue with the Catholic church hierarchy and non-violent protest actions to call our church hierarchy to be inclusive, accountable and relevant for the pressing needs of our times. Contact:Mary Ellen Chown.
Corpus Canada: We are a faith community of men and women empowered by our baptism in Jesus’ Spirit to reach out to others in their need as Jesus did. We also provide support for married Roman Catholic priests, their family and friends. Contact: Francois Brassard.
Dignity Canada: organization of Roman Catholics who are concerned about our church’s sexual theology, particularly as it pertains to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. We work in collaboration with other Catholic organizations seeking reform in our church’s leadership and teachings. Contact Norman Prince.
St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church Faith Community: A parish community. Contact Joan Poulin.
Taproot Faith Community: Catholics in Toronto, ON, Canada committed to be an expression of the renewed church of equals.
Contact Marie Cerny.
Christian Community in the City: searching for a chance of expressing and living freely their faith. Contact: Lydie Dulong.
Tol Ardor: The association tries to be part of the building of a new Christian and Catholic spirituality; this new orientation is mostly based on a new vision of dialogues between religions and of the relations between man and nature. Contact Meneldil Palantir Talmayar.
Association of Sponsors of the Oscar Romero House, Bonn (Förderkreis Oscar-Romero-Haus e.V.):We support students and those starting their professional lives, especially the Oscar Romero dormitory in Bonn. We also organize educational and youth programs and support a child care facility in Mato Grosso, Brasil. Bonn, Germany. Contact email@example.com
Fuldaer Kreis für eine offene Kirche: The “Fulda Circle For an Inclusive Church” was founded in 1994 by eight priests to follow on the way shown by Vatican II and the Synod of Würzburg and to promote reforms. Central concerns are: dialogue, brother-/sisterliness, diversity, conciliar structures, new concepts for pastoral services. Contact Klaus Lukassek.
Initiative For the Rights of Christians in the Church ( Initiative Christenrechte in der Kirche e.V.):Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP), Section Germany
Catholic Association of Bengal: a member of All India Catholic Union with 600 Life Members, 5 Patrons, 12 Benefactors besides 2,000 Ordinary Members; also a branch of the 100-year-old Catholic Association of India with 80,000 members. Contact Treasurer Ives Gomes.
Indian Women Theologians Forum: involved in theologizing from a feminist perspective; promote the collective strength of women theologians by recognizing and affirming each other’s unique personhood and contribution; evolve an Indian feminist theology and spirituality centered on the diversity of women’s experience (caste, class, indigenous groups, etc); analyze and critique the politics of women’s oppression especially in the spheres of religion, economics and governance; re-read scriptures (hermeneutics) from the feminist perspective; etwork with various feminist movements and women’s groups to harness the collective strength of women’s resistance leading to liberation and transformation.
Contact Virginia Saldanha.
Satyashodhak (“Seekers of Truth”): to guide our efforts to challenge, transform and redefine “Church.” Contact Astrid Lobo Gajiwala.
Women’s Welfare Center: working for the emancipation of women with about 12000 women members. Contact Philo Thomas.
Voice of the Faithful, Ireland: supporting the cause of survivors of clerical abuse in Ireland, and of reform of the Irish church to ensure the safety of children and forward the cause of renewal. Contact Sean O’Conaill orhttp://votfi.com/contact-us/.
Marian Missionaries of the Holy Spirit: a non-profit organization of religious worship, Apostolic, Christian and Ecumenical Church. Founded by a a former Catholic theologian who, for his progressive ideas, has been banned from teaching at the Pontifical Catholic University of Southern Italy in Naples. Contact Vincenzo Maria Rosario Chianese.
Mercedarias Missionaries of Mexico: a group of contemplative women who are sensitive to the signs of the times, living their mission to respond to the cry of the world’s growing needs. Contact: Hilda Díaz.
Be The Change. Contact Christina Reymer
Atrio: We are Christians committed to the structural reform of the Church. We believe our Church should be a community of believers, not an institution, nor absolutist, nor hierarchical. Contact Maite Lesmes Renedo.
Redes Cristianas: A network of catholic base communities and movements all around Spain. Its goal is becoming an alternative and critical voice and offer a joint answer in favor of democratic transformation of Church and society.
Contact: Raquel Mallavibarrena
Catholic Women’s Ordination: We are an ecumenical group of lay people, priests, and religious committed to examine, challenge, and change the concept and practice of priesthood. We work for the ordination of women in a renewed Church. Contact Pat Brown.
We Are Church UK: Catholic, former Catholic, Ministerial Priests, former Ministerial Priests, Christians in other Churches promoting the Christian religion especially but not exclusively among the members of the Roman Catholic Church. Contact Valerie Stroud.
Root and Branch Synod: A forum for reform of the Catholic Church that starts with women and doesn’t end there, the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit developed from it.
Accelerating Catholic Church Reform: “In solidarity with our brothers and sisters all over the world who follow Jesus Christ, we in the USA seek reform and systemic change in the institutional Catholic church to effect the full participation of the laity in church governance and discipline.” ACCR is establishing ACCR Diocesan Councils in all Latin Rite Archdioceses and Dioceses throughout the U.S. They will function as “shadow councils” in the places where Vatican II mandated councils exist and as Diocesan Monitors where they do not. In addition they will begin to create ACCR Parish Communities in all parishes somewhat based on the Small Christian Communities model. Check out their new journal: The OMG! Journal (The “Oh my God!”-journal).
Contact Bob Betterton.
American Catholic Council: “We are a grassroots movement of faithful Catholics, grounded in prayer and …dedicated to exercising our baptismal rights and responsibilities as full participants in the mission and governance of the Church, in order to make it more just, inclusive, collegial and compassionate. To that end, we provide action-oriented educational, communication and project resources.”
Contact: Janet Hauter
Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC): To bring about substantive structural change in the Catholic Church, ARCC seeks to institutionalize a collegial understanding of Church in which decision-making is shared and accountability is realized among Catholics of every kind and condition. It affirms that there are fundamental rights which are rooted in the humanity and baptism of all Catholics. ARCC informs Catholics, on a regular basis, of their rights, responsibilities, and the issues of the day through publications such as the electronic ARCC News. ARCC is developing a workshop which will help Catholics identify and understand their rights and responsibilities in the Church, and enable them to exercise their rights and responsibilities. ARCC grants the Hans Küng award to a person or persons who have exemplified the work for the rights of Catholics in the Church. Contact: Pat Edgar.
Association of Pittsburgh Priests :We are 75 ordained and non-ordained women and men who are committed to carry out a ministry of justice and renewal, rooted in the Gospel and Spirit of Vatican II in ourselves, the Church and the world. Contact Joyce Rothermel or Bernie Survil.
Catholic Coalition for Church Reform: We are a growing community of Catholics within the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis actively working to co-create a living church. The local church we envision is a community alive with the message of Jesus – a message of inclusivity, equality, and transforming love. We are energized by integrating the gospel message, Catholic practice, and the ‘new creation story’ emerging from contemporary science. Contact Mary Beth Stein.
Call To Action: Educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles. Membership 25,000. Contact: Call to Action.
Call to Action – Madison Area, Inc.: 350 Catholic laity and religious committed to participate in the renewal and reform of the Catholic Church through prayer, study, action and community service. Contact Dennis Collier.
Call to Action – New Jersey: Educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice. Contact Jim and Mary Austin.
Call to Action-Northwest Oregon: Catholic, former Catholics and married/inactive priests providing educational resources that contribute to understanding current issues in light of modern theological development. Contact Nancy Barrett-Dennehy.
Call to Action Sacramento: lay people, religious, and clergy committed to reclaim our Church as one that gives love priority over law, is inclusive of all believers and active in the areas of democracy, justice and peace. Contact Rita Mize.
Call to Action, Upstate New York: over 500 Catholics united for justice and equality. Contact Steven Powers
Concerned Catholics of Montana: a group of Catholics, former Catholics, retired priests, religious, and other Christians who promote change through prayer, participation, dialogue, and action so that we may modelan inclusive Church. Contact Rosemary Tackes.
Call To Action Western Washington: Catholic, former Catholics, priests, and many religious who, in the Spirit of Vatican II, are committed to be prophetic voices in our Church and the world in modeling the Gospel of Jesus. Contact Tom & Betty Hill
Congregational Leadership Group, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet: a congregation of women religious who are co-responsible participants in Jesus’ mission living our baptismal call – love of God and neighbor without distinction. Contact email@example.com
CORPUS Is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church. CORPUS , celebrating thirty-nine years of service to the people of God, is one of the oldest reform groups in the Catholic Church, and is active in reform movements both in the U.S. and abroad. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council of the Baptized is a representative and deliberative body which addresses questions of conscience in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota. Grounded in our baptism and the spirit of Vatican Council II, the Council of the Baptized listens to concerns of conscience from people in our local Church and communicates with them throughout the Archdiocese. We do this through researching and publishing position papers, making recommendations to the archbishop, and supporting programs of action. Contact Mary Beth Stein.
De La Salle Brothers/Manhattan College: Christian educators. Contact Brother John Perry.
Delaware Catholics for Positive Change:newly formed to support Pope Francis in his attempt to reinvigorate the Catholic Church by working for a more welcoming and relevant parish, a more transparent and democratic diocese, and a more modern global church that includes women religious and lay Catholics in both leadership and governance positions. Contact Pat Carlozzi.
Federation of Jesus Abbeys:is a Religious Order and became the child of a joint project of the Vatican, the Eastern Catholic Church, and the Celtic Order of the Culdee. The Order was first conceived within the Personal Papal Prelature of Pope John Paul II founded in 1985. The stated purpose of that Prelature was to oversee the training, internship and subsequent oversight of married men for ordination to the priesthood and to make those married priests available to Roman Catholic Bishops. The FJA is enthusiastic to provide a home for married Roman Catholic priests as the Ordo Franciscanus Oecumenicis / Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) to enable them to continue to serve sacramentally within the Roman Catholic Church. Contact Abbot Father Michael, O.F.E.
Gathering of Friends A Gathering of Friends is a Vatican II catholic community and Intentional Eucharistic Community of about 100 members that is located in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, and serves the Hampton Roads area of Southeast Virginia. Contact Bill Faulkner.
Gods Word Many Voices: After 40 years, were banned by new bishop; giving voice to variety of preachers. Membership consists of Catholics – 30 core team; 154 preachers; Contact Deni Mack.
Lift Community (Living in faith together): an informmal intentional community of people who pray together, work and study on social justice issues, and do volunteer and mentoring at a local transitional housing project for homeless and precariously housed youth in Burnsville, Minnesota. Contact Lyn Yount.
Loretto Women’s Network: voluntary association of Loretto women and men committed to act for the empowerment of women, working toward transforming institutional, personal, and structural relationships. Contact Rox Monterastelli.
Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostle Catholic Church: Catholic laity, priests, women religious, disenfranchised Catholics, divorced, LGBT, Catholic seekers, married priests and their families serving Southeastern Wisconsin who have formed an inclusive, Vatican II Eucharistic Community of faithful Catholics. Contact Alice Iaquinta.
National Council of Catholic Women: Consists of more than 3,000 affiliated Catholic women’s organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the U.S. NCCW acts through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Contact: Rebecca Woodhull.
PAX Community of McLean, Virginia: Over 200 Catholics and other Christians committed to planning and celebrating meaningful liturgies, developing community and responding to the needs of our world in justice. Contact Ken Collins.
Priscilla’s: a group of Catholic women who pray for the equalitiy for all in th Church. Contact. Carol Harder
Rite Beyond Rome: Raising Vatican II from Council to Rite. Membership consists of Catholics, Priests, Religious and Lay. Contact LeaAnn Hunter and Consilia Karli.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA: to prepare, ordain in apostolic succession, and support primarily women called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry. Located in the U.S. and South Africa. Contact Monique G. Venne.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Women’s Ordination Conference: Over a thousand members who are calling for justice, equality and full partnership in ministry. Contact Regina Bannan.
St Joseph Church Pastoral Council: Catholics and priests in Olney, Illinois who are dedicated to hear our voice within our Catholic faith.
Contact Misty Bradley.
Sunday’s Bread Roman Catholic Base Community of Faith: Catholic community in McCandless Township in the Greater Pittsburgh (PA) area. Contact Joan Clark Houk.
Voice of the Faithful in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut: Catholic community supporting survivors of clerical sexual abuse, supporting priests of integrity, urging structural reform of the church. Contact Joseph F. O’Callaghan.
Voice of the Faithful NE Chicago: Catholics committed to provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the Faithful can actively participating in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church.
Contact. Anne Brennan
Voice of the Faithful, Santa Barbara: a Catholic community supporting survivors of abuse and priests of integrity, work for transparency and lay participation in Church governance. Contact Marie Foley.
We Are Church U.S.: WAC U.S. is connected to a world-wide network with similar-minded reform groups.The international movement We are Church, founded in Rome in 1996, is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church on the basis of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit developed from it. Contact:Contact: Anthony Padovano.
Women’s Leadership Conference for Religious Freedom: lay women, former Catholics, married, single, widowed, divorced, former religious who believe that every person is guided by her conscience to determine life choices. Contact Aggie Noonan.
Women’s Ordination Conference: feminist, Catholic, nationally based organization advocating and praying for the ordination of women as deacons, priests, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church. Contact Erin Hanna.