Archive for June 11th, 2014

An Open Letter from the People of God to U.S. Bishops

Bishop Sash & CrossVoice of the Faithful® encourages interested Catholics to join with FutureChurch supporters and ask U.S. bishops to open a dialogue “about restoring our early traditions of married and celibate priests and male and female deacons.”

In an open letter to U.S. bishops, FutureChurch urges bishops “to discern the needs of all the people of God and to listen to Pope Francis’ call for courage in realizing reforms that will bring new vitality to Eucharistic communities.”

You can join this effort by clicking here to send your bishop a copy of the letter.

We need to shout loudly for our bishops to hear our Spirit-filled voices and help us change the Church.

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Group of Catholics and Orthodox Officials Endorses Marriage for Some Priests / the New York Times

In a step that is sure to fuel the debate over mandatory celibacy, a high-level group of Catholic and Orthodox officials is calling on the Vatican to allow married men to serve as Eastern Catholic priests in North America.

“The request carries significant weight because it comes from the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, whose Catholic members are appointed by the conferences of bishops in the United States and Canada. The Catholic delegation was headed by Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis, who worked for several years as a high-level Vatican official.”

By Michael Paulson, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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