Join with the worldwide network of supporters to sign a letter to Pope Francis and his Council regarding their meeting on decentralization of our Church, January 16, 2016.
It beautifully addresses the sex abuse scandal and links this issue to the questionnaire raised by the Vatican as they prepare for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod. This group has articulately summarized the views of so many of us.
In each letter written by our network of reformers, you will see that our tone is one of support to Pope Francis encouraging him to continue to move forward to bring about compassionate renewal in our Church. Each letter offers a progression moving from our request asking the pope (1) to acknowledge our baptismal rights and responsibillites to have an effective voice in the governance of our Church, (2) to engage in dialogue with us and encourage his bishops to do the same by giving them directives to utilize diocesan synods and pastoral councils, and (3) to include those members of our Church actually living as Christian families in the October 2014 Synod on
“The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”
The following are the previous letters that our worldwide network of supporters have sent to Pope Francis:
Letter asking for the Pope to engage in dialogue with us sent for his Decmeber 2013 meeting. letter in French.
Letter asking for the Pope to acknowledge the rights and responsibilities of the baptized to have an effective voice in the decision-making of our Church sent for his October 2013 meeting and to be included again with the December 2013 letter. For all other languages, click on "translate this page" to read the Google translation.
See the worldwide organizations who have joined together to speak out to Pope Francis about the reform of our Church.
See the petitions that have been signed over the years supporting these and similar reforms.
Letter asking for all Catholics to participate in the selection of their bishops
Why baptized Catholics should have a say in the selection of their bishops
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 Bishops, click 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.