Write to your Bishop

To write a personal letter to the president of the Bishops’ Conference in your region of the world, you can find the address by clicking here. The Synod agenda has changed. Archbishop Baldisseri has announced that each bishop in attendance will be given the opportunity to send in and address to the Synod what they believe should be the agenda issues. This is your chance to get your views through and placed on the Synod agenda. Deadline:  September 1, 2014. Bishops must have their submission in two weeks prior to the start of the Extraordinary Synod.

To download the Letter to Bishopsclick here.

              If you are in translate mode, this will be a Google translation.

To download the open letter to Pope Francis for enclosure to the letter to the bishops:

              These are improved official translations.

               For the English letter, click here.

               For the Spanish letter, click here.

               For the German letter, click here.


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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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