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– Unterstützung des Reformkurses von Papst Franziskus – Weiterhin Einsatz für volle Gleichberechtigung der Frau und für die Frauenordination – Zweites Globales Forum des Gottesvolkes in 2018 Aparecida /Brasilien vorbereitet

Pressemitteilung Rom / München / Innsbruck, im November 2016

Die auf allen Kontinenten vertretene katholische Reformbewegung Wir sind Kirche hat auf Einladung des Vatikans erstmals an einer Audienz mit Papst Franziskus teilgenommen, mit einer Mahnwache in Rom den Reformkurs von Papst Franziskus unterstützt, sich aber auch kritisch zur jüngsten Aussage des Papstes auf die Frage nach der Öffnung des Priesteramts für Frauen geäußert. An den Treffen vom 4. bis 7. November 2016 in Rom haben Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus insgesamt 13 Ländern aus Europa, Afrika, Nord- und Südamerika teilgenommen; aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum waren dies Dr. Martha Heizer (Österreich) sowie Sigrid Grabmeier und Christian Weisner (Deutschland). 

Mit einer Mahnwache zur Unterstützung des Reformkurses von Papst Franziskus begann das Jahrestreffen der Internationalen Bewegung Wir sind Kirche (IMWAC) am 4. November 2016 an der Caius Cestius Pyramide in Rom. Die Mahnwache griff in anschaulicher Weise ein Zitat von Papst Franziskus bei seiner Rede am 17. Oktober 2015 zur 50-Jahr-Feier der Errichtung der Bischofssynode auf: „Doch in dieser Kirche befindet sich der Gipfel wie bei einer auf den Kopf gestellten Pyramide unterhalb der Basis“.

Auf ausdrückliche Einladung des Vatikans hat eine Delegation der internationalen Bewegung Wir sind Kirche an der Abschlussveranstaltung des Dritten Welttreffens der Sozialen Bewegungen und der Audienz mit Papst Franziskus am 5. November 2016 in der Aula Paul VI. teilgenommen. Bei dem von Papst Franziskus erstmals 2014 einberufenen Welttreffen kamen zahlreiche Gruppen und Initiativen zusammen, die sich mit und für Menschen an den Rändern der Gesellschaft organisieren. Neben den eindrucksvollen Statements von Vertretern und Vertreterinnen verschiedenen Gruppen aus aller Welt setzte auch die Ansprache von Papst Franziskus sehr klare Zeichen. 


A delegation from the We Are Church Council, meeting in Rome 4 to 6 November, were delighted to accept an invitation to attend this event.

Press-statement and press-conference

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Press-statement in English – For Immediate Release   October 21, 2016

Deborah Rose-Milavec, FutureChurch – 513.673.1401 (c) 216.228.0869 (o), debrose@futurechurch
Kate McElwee, Women’s Ordination Conference – 607-725-1364 (c),This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bob Bonnot, Association of U.S. Catholic Priests – 330-397-1257 (c), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Catholic Priest Movements and Reform Groups Urge Church Progress on Key Issues during October meeting

From October 17 – 20, 2016, forty priests and lay persons from ten countries gathered in Chicago to develop strategies supporting reform in the Catholic Church. The group called for progress on: full equality for women in the Church; rights for LGBT Catholics; fundamental rights for all Catholics; and developing emerging models of parish ministry such as the Bishop Fritz Lobinger model. 

Report on my participation, as invited delegate from IMWAC, to the AYA/ATF (Asian Youth Academy/ Asian Theology Forum) held in Suratthani (South Thailand) on August 17 to 27, 2016.

The conference in 2016The last AYA/ATF meetings took place:

In 2013 in Changmai (northern Thailand) Didier Vanhoutte participated as IMWAC representative

In 2014 in Manila (Philippines)

In 2015 in Kerala (South India)

In 2016 in Suratthani, the specific themes were the following :

Youth Forum (AYA): “Solidarity with Migrants suffering poverty and inhumane living conditions.

Asian Theology Forum (ATF): “Sustainable development and integral ecology for peace on Asia”

General purpose of AYA/ATF as defined by Paul Hwang, main responsible of event organization.

Paul Hwang is director of the Center for Asia Peace and Solidarity under Woori Theology Institute, Chairperson of Theological Committee of Pax Romana- ICMICA, co-creator of ALL (Asian Lay Leader Forum)

Young lay activists in Asia are being called to strengthen their Christian identity as they embrace their local, traditional cultures, histories and religions. Although it is a complex work, it is necessary work. For Catholics to succeed in justice activities they need to cooperate with other religions similarly seeking a more just world order. This is yet another reason Asian lay Catholics need solid formation. Inter-religious work begins with solid Catholic formation. It is why AYA/ATF program put much emphasis on “Triple Dialogue” of FABC (Federation of Asian Bishops Conference) namely dialogue with the poor, diverse religious and cultural traditions in Asia, as well as Christian spirituality. Unfortunately, because of a lack of resources, they don’t get adequate support from their Church. In some cases they have been largely abandoned by some ones in the Church hierarchy who do not understand or do not agree with the idea of “the People of God” from Vatican II and Pope Francis’ vision of the “synodal church”. While our Church eagerly provides support for seminarians who want to enter the priesthood, it does very little for young lay leaders in great need of Catholic formation.

'A re-thinking of the church’s official position is long overdue. The progressive Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, recently issued a lengthy and detailed rebuttal to Humanae Vitae, which has done so much harm in the fifty years since it was issued — harm not only to women, but to the church itself. To date, the statement has been signed by more than 80 scholars, ethicists and scientists.' (Huffington Post)

'Former Irish president Mary McAleese is supporting a campaign by a Catholic think tank to persuade the Vatican to revoke its 48-year-old ban on contraception.' (The Times)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Local bishops have an obligation to welcome new movements and communities and guide them, while the groups have an obligation to obey the local bishop and avoid the appearance of setting up a parallel church, said a new Vatican document.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's letter to bishops around the world on "the relationship between hierarchical and charismatic gifts in the life and mission of the church" was released June 14.

The hierarchical gifts -- teaching, sanctifying and governing -- are those conferred with ordination. The charismatic gifts refer to those given by the Holy Spirit to groups or individuals to help them live the faith more intensely and to share the faith with others through missionary activity and acts of charity.

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