Catholic Voices for Reform is a new British grouping of concerned Catholics who believe that it is essential that the Church undergoes a process of reform.
Vatican declares women priests and sexual predators as serious Church crimes
Some IMWAC groups, along with other Catholic renewal movements, have signed the following statement:
Vatican Miscategorizes Women's Rights Advocates with Child Abusers
Some more news about this issue:
• Vatican Revises Abuse Process, but Causes Stir
• Vatican Equates Women’s Ordination with Priest Pedophilia?
• Women priests and sex abuse not equal crimes: Vatican
We are Church calls for a 'Decade of the People of God' at the end of the 'Year for Priests'
Statement at the closing of the Year of the Priest:
We are Church: "Now is the time to start reforms long overdue: Benedict XVI's fifth pontifical anniversary"
Press Release of the International Movement We are Church
On sexual abuse, rather than look for external causes, the Church should urgently look at its own structures!
IMWAC Press release on the pastoral letter of Benedict XVI to the Catholic Church in Ireland
To end pedophilia, abolish priestly celibacy
A text by Hans Küng: [German] [French] [Spanish]
“We are Church” Demands Radical Church Reform
Press release from We are Church Ireland
after the Irish Bishops' meeting in Rome
Edward Schillebeeckx – in Memoriam
Obituary of Prof. Edward Schillebeeckx
, by Hermann Häring
Press release on Hans Küng
We are Church recalls: 30 years since revocation of the ecclesiastical right to teach of Hans Küng (18 December 1979): ‘His persistence is encouragement, inspiration and incentive for all of us.’
RTVE Report — Women of God
Mujeres de Dios
— a 25 minute report from RTVE, in Spanish, about the role of women in the Catholic Church.
IMWAC Press Release on the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate
An important Encyclical, which however fails to speak about relations with other Christian Churches and other religions.
Press release: [French] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]
IMWAC Report and Press Release on The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (The Ryan Report)
The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, published last week, paints a picture of systemic institutional violence, and outlines a horrific catalogue of emotional physical and sexual abuse of children incarcerated in institutions run by a number of religious orders, over many decades.
Report and Press Release: [English] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese]
Catholic reform movements hope to see further gestures of reconciliation by the Pope
Mar 2009: The International Movement We are Church (IMWAC) welcomes the remarkable letter of
Pope Benedict XVI in which he explains his decision to unconditionally lift the
excommunication of four bishops of the ‘Society of St. Pius X’ (SSPX).
Press release: [English]
Catholic reform movements start international Petition
‘For the full recognition of the Second Vatican Council’
Feb 2009: International protest against the papal cancellation of the excommunication of bishops of the ‘Society of St. Pius X’
Joint Press release from the International Movement We Are Church and the European Network Church on the Move
[Catalan] [English] [French] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]
Vatican II Petition
For the full recognition of the decrees of the Second Vatican Council
We invite you to sign the Petition For the full recognition of the decrees of the Second Vatican Council
, in response to the extremely problematic annulment of the excommunication of bishops belonging to the traditionalist priestly society of Pius X.
Speech of Jesuit priest Wolfgang Seibel about the Council Vatican II
[English] [French] [German] [Italian] [Spanish]
We are Church: The Roman Catholic Church should accept the
role of condoms in the prevention of HIV/Aids.
Statement on the occasion of the 20th World AIDS Day, December 1, 2008:
We are Church recalls Pope John XXIII 50 years after his election
Press release, on October 28:
Statement of International Movement We Are Church on the Synod of Bishops
“The word of God in life and in the mission of Church”
(October 5 – 26, 2008)
Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the phrase “listening to the word of God in the Holy Bible” has been a fundamental conviction of the Catholic Church.
In the opinion of the International Movement We Are Church, various texts of the Magisterium show that the theology of the word of God was scarcely noticed, not to mention anticipated, in Dei Verbum – “the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation” of the Second Vatican Council.
[English] [French] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]
40 Years after Encyclical "Humanae Vitae" – July 25th, 1968
“We Are Church” keeps calling for future-oriented Christian sexual ethics
July 2008. “The Roman Catholic church urgently needs a new sight on sexuality – humane, loving and free from fear, because sexuality is a life-giving energy of every human being created and loved by God”, says the International Movement We Are Church
Press Release: [English] [Finnish] [French] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]
This Press Release is also supported by the European Network Church on the Move
We Are Church Press Release on the decision of the Anglican Church to ordain women Bishops
July 2008. The International Movement 'We are Church' wishes to express its joy with regard the Christian decision taken by the Anglican Church — which intends to consecrate as bishops those daughters of God who may be called to such a task.
Press release: [English] [Spanish]
We Are Church statement on the Decree of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of Faith against Women's Ordination
June 2008. We are Church! Jesus Christ did not ordain men or women to the ministerial
priesthood but to care for and nurture each other as brothers and sisters.
Press Release: [English] [Finnish] [German] [Spanish]
We are Church: Press Release and Letter to the Pope, following IMWAC's annual meeting
Strasbourg, May 2008. We are Church writes Letter to Pope Benedict asking for voluntary celibacy as a first step toward a renewed form of priesthood. International Movement We are Church coordinates next year’s initiatives in its annual Council in Strasbourg/France.
Letter to the Pope: [Catalan] [English]
[German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]
Press Release: [Catalan] [English] [Finnish] [French] [German]
We are Church: Acid test for Pope Benedict’s political and pastoral abilities
Press Release issued on April 13th, 2008, on Pope Benedict's visit to the United States.
Press note on the 80th anniversary of Hans Küng
March 19, 2008
The International Movement "We are Church" issued a press note on the occasion of the 80th bitrthday of Prof. Hans Küng.
Read also the replies from Prof. Hans Küng.
Letter: [Finnish] [French] [English] [German] [Portuguese]
Email: [French] [German] [Portuguese]
Commentary on the international congress of the “Papal Council for the Laity”
February 9, 2008
Rome, February 7-9, 2008; on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Apostolic Letter
The Dutch Dominicans call for laity to celebrate mass
Read The Tablet's article
about the document, and visit the Dutch Dominican's web page
The full document is available in the following links, in pdf format. The original document and the English translation are oficial documents. All other translations are of the responsability of the people mentioned.
Original document and official English translation: [Dutch] [English]
A new book on Christology of Liberation
"GETTING THE POOR DOWN FROM THE CROSS: CHRISTOLOGY OF LIBERATION."/"BAJAR DE LA CRUZ A LOS POBRES: CRISTOLOGÍA DE LA LIBERACIÓN"
An e-book by EATWOT's Theological Commission on Christology of Liberation, in two editions: English, and Spanish. [Download here for free]
We are Church: Prospects of Pope Benedict's first journey to the New World
On the opening of the Bishops' General Conference in Aparecida
May 11, 2007
Documents in pdf format:
Catholic Base Movements support P. Jon Sobrino and ask for Reform of the CDF
Before the Pope's Journey to Brazil International Catholic Base Movements Welcome Theologians' Demand for Reform of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
May 6, 2007
Letter of support to liberation theologian P. Jon Sobrino SJ in pdf format:
Hans Küng's testimonial on the 10th anniversary of the international Movement We Are Church.
Which Europe at the beginning of the Millennium?
Declarations of Catholic Grass Root Movements about the Future of Europe
on the fiftieth Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
March 25, 2007
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, after a
positive opinion about the history and the life of the European Union, which
now faces new challenges and difficulties, many grass roots Catholic
movements have signed a common document (see below in six languages).
This text affirms that the EU can and must adopt a different role to the one it had in the
past, with respect to the relationships between the North and the South of the
world, affirm its independence from the USA for a policy of peace and
mediation in the world, reduce military expenditure, interrupt all exports
of arms and support nonviolent actions for prevention, mediation and control
The text affirms that the EU must pursue, with greater
determination, basic social rights, a better policy for the immigrants and
promote radical interventions against criminal organisations of all kind.
In the document the Catholic grass roots movements do not support the
pronouncements of Bishops, made in order to obtain references to the "christian roots" of Europe in the institutional texts of the EU. In order to be heard, the Word of God does not require recognition or legislation by the civil authorities, and
should be announced by a poor Church and a ministry of service.
The catholic movements signatory consider also that the
relationships between the State and the Catholic Church must be inspired by
Gaudium et Spes, a constitution of Vatican II, which in chapter 76
indicates that the church "does not place her hopes in privileges offered by
the civil authorities but, on the contrary, renounces to certain rights
legitimately acquired, where it could be considered that their use could
place in doubt the sincerity of her testimony".
European Network Church on the Move
Fédération des Réseaux de Parvis (47 associations)
Redes Cristianas ( 80 associations)
Catholics for Free Choice (CFFC)
Wir sind Kirche, Germany
Iniziative Christenrechte in den Kirke
Catholics for a Changing Church (UK)
Iglesia de Base de Madrid
Dones creientes, Valencia
Catòlicos por el derecho a decidir
David et Jonathan
Observatoire chrétien de la laicité
Nous sommes aussi l'Eglise
Femme et hommes en Eglise
Esperance 54, Nancy
Chrétiens pour une Eglise dégagée de l'Ecole confessionelle
Amis du 68 rue de Babylone, Paris
Droits et libertés dans les Eglises
Humanistes et Croyants 35
Chrétiens sans frontières, Gironde
Recherche et Partage, Valence
Equipe National et d'Animation des Communautés de Base
Nos Somos Igreja
We Are Church, Finland
We Are Church, UK
Initiativgruppe "Fur eine lebendigere kirche"
Comunità cristiane di base italiane
Noi Siamo Chiesa
Statement, Rome - Berlin - London - 25 March 2007
Vittorio Bellavite (Italy)
Statements in pdf format: