Reform of our Church is in our hands

At this special time of our liturgical year we are urging you to take these action steps to help move our church forward

If moving our church forward is left up to bishops, it would have happened by now. It is time for us as the People of God to stop waiting for this and assume responsibility ourselves. Specifically, what is within our power to do?

Take the survey to give your input into the 2022 Peoples Synod

First, and foremost, Pope Francis has called for another synod in October 2022. The theme is to be a synod on creating synodality in our church. We share Pope Francis’s understanding that the term is generally understood to represent a process of discernment, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, involving bishops, priests, religious, and lay Catholics, each according to the gifts and charisms of their vocation. If we don’t make our voices heard, our concern is the bishops will go on doing things as they’ve always done them – on their own with little or no involvement of they laity. We encourage you to take the survey put out by a group of Austrians getting more voices of the people included in the Lineamenta, which is the preparatory document to determine the topics to be discussed at this gathering and how it will be structure. We want to see lay people, especially woman and young adults to be included as participants and voting members. The survey is in both German and English. Here is the link in English: https://survey.zulehner.org/index.php/514332?lang=en. To take the survey in another language, go there and use www.translate.google to convert the survey to your language. if you would, please help spread the word and pass this onto to your list of contacts.

Encourage the Amazonian Ecclesial Network to follow through on their own resolutions voted on and agreed to for their region

Another step is to contact Cardinal Barreto, the newly appointed president of the Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM), at his personal email pebaji44@gmail.com. We are so convinced that the forward moving actions taken in the Amazon will have a significant impact on the universal church – especially as regarding women welcomed to the diaconate, respected married men ordained to the priesthood to serve their local community, and adaptations made to the liturgy to better reflect the prayer life of the indigenous there.

Write to Cardinal Hummus to also encourage him to make the Amazonian resolutions a reality

We also encourage you to email Cardinal Hummus as the new head of the new Pan-Amazonian ecclesial conference (CEAMA) at Claudio.hummes@terra.com.br. Again we are congratulating the participants of the Amazonian Synod for their good work and encouraging them to delay no longer. Make their resolutions a reality.

Email the Synodal Path in Germany

We are asking people to email the Synodal Path at kontakt@synodalerweg.de. Over a period of two years, they are in process of conducting a synod-type gathering with both bishops and laity in true synodal style. They are seeking to clarify key issues such as: authority and separation of powers, sexual morality, the priestly mode of life, women at the service of ecclesiastical offices. However, they are under the impression that their interests on these topics only pertain to Germany. We are encouraging everyone to write to them confirming that their issues are of great importance not just to Germany but to the entire global church.

Sign the petition sponsored by the Global Interfaith community

They are an ecumenical organization calling for an end to violence and criminalization against LGBT+ people and for a global ban on conversion therapy. Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, is one of the promoters. To participate, go to https://globalinterfaith.lgbt/.

Join with us and be part of reforming our Church


As you prepare to make your end-of-year donations, we ask you to consider us. When you make a donation to support our cause, you join with others who are investing in restoring our Church to what Jesus intended. If you are part of the movement to stop contributing to your local parish and/or diocese, you may consider a donation to CCRI in its stead. The dollars we receive are used to run our programs and to reach a broad spectrum of the People of God. We are focused on reaching out to the Faithful, reform activists, young adults as well as those who feel abandoned by the Church, to mention just a few. Your personal contributions in offering us suggestions and your donations are most appreciated.

We wish all of you the best for the New Year. It can only get better. Thank you in advance for taking part in any or all of these actions. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual or part of a large organization. Every single outreach can make a difference in getting our church back on mission as Jesus intended it.

Rene Reid
CCRI director

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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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