We Are Church International

About Us

Coordination Team 2020 - 2022

Chair

Colm Holmes

Ireland

Vice Chair / In-Reach

Martha Heizer 

Austria

Communications /Webmaster

Valerie Stroud

United Kingdom

 

 

Assisting with Social Media

Ashik Naz Khokhar

Pakistan 

 

 Treasurer

Finbarr Quigley

Ireland

Out-Reach

Jean-Pierre Schmitz

France

 
Sigrid Grabmeier
General Duties
Germany
 

 

Assisting with Out-Reach

Ed Schreurs

The Netherlands

A Truly Catholic Church

 

We thank John Chuchman for this reflection which sums up the hopes and aspirations of the We Are Church movement.

 

A Truly Catholic Church

 

is a loving church

 where the equality of all the faithful is respected,

the gulf between clergy and laity is bridged

and the People of God

select their bishops and pastors,

 

is a church with equal rights for women,

where women are full participants in decision-making

and are welcomed in all ministries,

including the diaconate and the ministerial priesthood,

 

is a church where priests choose

either a celibate or non-celibate way of life,

where the right of a congregation to the Eucharist and pastoral care

are more important than canon law,

 

is a church which affirms:

the sacredness of sexuality,

the primacy of conscience,

the human rights of all persons regardless of sexual orientation,

and the importance of issues other than sexual morality,

 

is a church which:

affirms people rather than condemns them,

respects primacy of conscience in all moral decision-making,

embraces and welcomes those who are divorced and remarried,

married priests,

theologians,

and others who exercise freedom of speech.

 

A Truly Catholic Parish

 

is a joyful Christian community

which celebrates the loving word of God

 in worship and in action,

 

transcends traditional boundaries

and welcomes those who seek spiritual growth and social justice,

 

welcomes diverse ideas

and encourages reflection on the message of the Gospel,

 

is committed to the equality of all

and strives to ensure full participation

through liturgy, education and service,

 

seeks to empower all to grow in wisdom

and bring to reality the promise of Christ.

Mission Statement

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.

 

We are Church evolved from the Church Referendum in Austria in 1995 that was started after the paedophilia scandal around Vienna's Cardinal Groer. We are Church is represented in more than twenty countries on all continents and is networking world-wide with similar-minded reform groups.

 

As international studies of renowned religion sociologists confirm, We are Church as a reform movement within the Church represents the "voice of the people in the pews" and has demonstrated this in several Shadow Synods in Rome.

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