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Celebrating 50 Years


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

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.’

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

Catholic Grass Root Movements about the Future of Europe on the fiftieth Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome - 25 March 2007

Read the Press Release in pdf format:

"10 Years On: Hope and Resolve are Still Strong" — November 25, 2006


Documents in pdf format.
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"A more inclusive and compassionate Church."

- Rome/Valencia - 4 July 2006

Documents in pdf format.
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A personal comment from the Chair of We Are Church (Spain)

To the World Council of Churches 9th General Assembly — 2006

Homosexuality and Ordained Ministry — December 2005

Appeal of International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC) to the Synod of Bishops on Eucharist of Roman Catholic Church, October 2005

Statement in pdf format.

We are Church:  A Pope and a Pontificate Full of Contradictions

Is a sick Pope able to fulfil his tasks - February 2005

Solidarity & Sympathy with Tsunami victims - January 2005

Synod of the People of God - 2001

Manifesto - 1997

Roman Declaration — 1996

Untitled DocumentWe Are Church international council 2006
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