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Proposed Constitution for the Catholic Church

The Church desperately needs a Constitution

Catholic scholars joined forces to write one 

 

The Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research has submitted revolutionary proposals to the Synod on Synodality, a worldwide consultation of Catholics kick-started by Pope Francis on the theme of a more participatory church. The Institute proposes that the Catholic Church adopt a Constitution that would underlie its ecclesiastical laws. The Constitution would revolutionize the present structure of the Church. 

According to Prof. Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, now Chancellor, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: “This proposed Constitution is the best idea the Catholic Church has had in centuries. It gives due respect to the God given dignity of every member, puts Christ front and center, loosens the strangling, controlling grip of imperialism and clericalism and lets the Church breathe again, love again, include again. We need this Constitution. It is our bridge to the future."

The constitutional text is the result of a year’s work by an international, interdisciplinary working group of 25 academics, coordinated by the Wijngaards Institute. The draft text was further scrutinized by a wider group of scholars resulting in the final text being signed by over 60 international experts. 

The Catholic Church is currently structured around an unelected, self-selecting male-only priestly caste, which alone wields all legislative, executive, and judicial power. It inherited this structure from the centralized authority of the Roman Empire and feudal society in the Middle Ages. Laypeople, who account for more than 99% of church members, are excluded from church governance, and women and LGBTQ people doubly so on account of their gender and sexual orientation. 

The new ground-breaking Constitution for the Catholic Church proposes to radically overturn that structure. It codifies democratic features which are consistent with precedents in the bible and church history, and the fundamental human rights which successive popes have encouraged states to respect, but which current church law is far from integrating. 

The full text with all the signatories can be read here: Proposed-Constitution-Catholic-ChurchYou may recognize some of the writers of this draft. 

Creation of Global Continental Synod Board

On September 17, twenty-seven participants met from five of the seven regions where continental assemblies will be held. Presentations were made by members representing each of the continental assemblies: The intent of these presentations was to better understand to what extent the episcopal national reports from the bishops are in sync with the reports from the People of God.

Small Christian Seekers Community for Young People

Young people are the future. Concerned about their feeling isolated from the Church and its teachings, CCRI has begun hosting online Small Communities for Young Adult Seekers to offer them a safe place to share their concerns and find support for the life issues they face. As an international and diverse group meeting twice a month on Zoom, these groups will be led by Alloys Nyakundi, a young man from Kenya who has received his Masters from Loyola University and trained to lead these gatherings. He is committed to assist each group in growing together and, if they choose, seeking to find their rightful place within the Catholic community. The next gathering is scheduled on July 21. These are the corresponding times for this gathering:

New York (USA – New York) Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 11:00:00 am EDTUTC-4 hours

Nairobi (Kenya)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 6:00:00 pm EATUTC+3 hours

Dodoma (Tanzania)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 6:00:00 pm EATUTC+3 hours

Johannesburg (South Africa)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5:00:00 pm SASTUTC+2 hours

Karachi (Pakistan – Sindh)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 8:00:00 pm PKTUTC+5 hours

Mumbai (India – Maharashtra)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 8:30:00 pm ISTUTC+5:30 hours

Mexicali (Mexico – Baja California)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 8:00:00 am PDTUTC-7 hours

Corresponding UTC (GMT)Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 15:00:00

To join this Zoom gathering, click on

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Meeting ID: 815 7383 1514, Passcode: seekers

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Post your synodal reports where others can read them

In the interest of openness and transparency in governance processes, CCRI is creating a platform for an open sharing of submissions to the synod office which Pope Francis has initiated. You are invited to send us a copy of your submission, be it from a parish group, a local community, a diocese, or a Small Christian Community that has responded to Pope Francis’s call to engage in the Synodal Process. We will post these on our website www.ThePeopleSpeakOut.org to make them accessible to all. To ensure submissions are authentic, we will only post those that are authored, i.e. include a name of an individual or group and location (city, state, country) of the submitters. We look forward to your sharing these for all to read.

 

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When you make a donation to support our cause, you join with others who are investing in restoring our Church to what Jesus intended. The dollars we receive are used to run our programs and to reach a broad spectrum of the People of God. We are focused on reaching out to the Faithful, reform activists, as well as those who feel abandoned by the Church. A significant share of funds are currently going to support our online Zoom Small Seekers Community for young people . Your personal contributions in offering your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your donations are most appreciated.

 

Walking the journey with you, in peace,

Our CCRI strategy team 

Rene Reid, director

 

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