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Celebrating 50 Years


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“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.’

Press release: [English] [French] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]

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.

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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.

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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.

IMWAC Statement:
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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] [Finnish] [German] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish]
Press Release: [Catalan] [English] [Finnish] [French] [German] [Portuguese] [Spanish]

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 “Mulieris Dignitatem”

The Dutch Dominicans call for laity to celebrate mass

October 2007

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]
      Other translations:
[French] By Lucienne Gouggenheim, NSAE, proof-read by Édith Fèvre, PAVÉS.
[German] By Prof. Dr. Hermann Häring, Nijmegen (Netherlands)/Tübingen (Germany).
[Italian] By Vittorio Bellavite, Noi Siamo Chiesa.
[Portuguese] By Pedro Freitas, proof-read by Ana Vicente, both members of Nós Somos Igreja — Portugal.
[Spanish] By Isaac Wüst and Noel Olaya, under the responsability of Kerk Hardop.

A new book on Christology of Liberation

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 of conflicts.


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

Somos Iglesia

David et Jonathan

Observatoire chrétien de la laicité

Nous sommes aussi l'Eglise

Partenia 2000

Demain l'Eglise

Femme et hommes en Eglise

Esperance 54, Nancy

Chrétiens pour une Eglise dégagée de l'Ecole confessionelle

Fraternité Agapé

Amis du 68 rue de Babylone, Paris

SEL 85

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


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