for the Rights of Catholics in the Church -- Temple Site (USA): The
Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC) was founded
in 1980 by lay and clerical Catholics in the wake of Vatican condemnations
of such theologians as Edward Schillebeeckx, Jacques Pohier, and Hans Küng.
ARCC seeks to institutionalize a collegial and egalitarian understanding
of Church in which decision-making is shared and accountability is realized
among Catholics of every kind. We are Church! The website is updated regularly
and includes information concerning cases of the violation of the human
rights of the People of God.
Magazine (USA) A weekly magazine for thinking Catholics published by
Magazine -- Select Articles from Past Issues (USA): Excellent
resource. The articles -- currently going back to 1995 -- can be searched
by date or author. There is also an archive of editorials since 1998.
Catholic (USA): "The American Catholic is an independent, lay-administered
Catholic periodical that participates in the gospel mission of church."
It "offers a progressive, open, and honest perspective on the life of the
people of God." It "strives to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus, the
nourishing transforming spirit of Vatican II, and the principles of democracy."
It "searches for connections between matters of faith and life, and provides
a forum for grassroots expression."
to Action (USA): "Call To Action USA (CTA) is an independent
national organization of over 22,000 people and 40 local organizations
who believe the Spirit of God is at work in the whole church, not just
in its appointed leaders. We believe the entire Catholic church has the
obligation of responding to the needs of the world and taking initiative
in programs of peace and justice." The CTA front page features frequently
updated and topical resources.
for a Changing Church (UK) -- "To encourage sharing
of responsibility while supporting individuals and small Christian groups.
To watch and comment on the workings of the Church, urging it to change
internally in its structures and attitudes, and in its service to the world,
particularly to the poor and the oppressed and to Godís creation.To strive
for honesty, justice and integrity in the Church, to enable it to present
the Gospel more effectively in the modern world."
Speak Out (USA): CSO is A Movement for Justice, Equality and Democracy
in the Roman Catholic Church. "Catholics Speak Out was born out of the
belief that progressive Catholics, committed to the Gospel and the spirit
of the Second Vatican Council, have been silent too long in the face of
conservative trends. We rode the wave of euphoria which flowed from the
Council, but we have reluctant to speak out and struggle with those who
would return the Church to its repressive past."
-- Catholic Network for Women's Equality (Canada): Mission: to enable
women to name their giftedness and from that awareness to effect structural
change in the Church that reflects the mutuality and coresponsibility of
women and men within that church.
|CORPUS -- CORPUS is the Association for an Inclusive Priesthood,
which rooted in a strong Eucharistic commitment, promotes an expanded and renewed
priesthood of married and single men and women in the Catholic Church. It is one
of the oldest reform groups in the Catholic Church, and is active in reform movements
both in the U.S. and abroad.
(USA): Dignity/USA envisions and works for a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgendered Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through
the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and as beloved
persons of God participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church
and Society. Through our national organization and many local chapters,
Dignity works for education, for the reform of the Church's teachings and
pastoral practices toward sexual minorities, and for the acceptance of
all people as full members of the Church.
Church (USA): FutureChurch is a coalition of parish based Roman Catholics
concerned that Catholics will lose the Mass if nothing is done about the
priest shortage. In 1990 a resolution was passed by the Church of the Resurrection
in Solon Ohio (near Cleveland). The resolution called on U.S. Bishops to
reconsider opening ordination to women and the married, both men and women,
so that the Eucharist would continue to be the center of the spiritual
lives of all Catholics. Subsequently 28 parishes in Northeast Ohio supported
this initiative, and the FutureChurch network was born. Based in Cleveland,
FutureChurch incorporated in 1993 and began to network nationally in response
to other parishes concerned about closing or consolidating because of the
shortage of priests.
Movement We Are Church: In the Easter season of 1995 a small
group of lay and ordained Catholics in Innsbruck, Austria, used the political
method of a petition drive to call for a more loving, democratic, and generous
church. In the spirit of Vatican II, they asked that Rome (1) equally respect
all the people of God, whether lay or ordained, (2) grant full equal rights
to women, (3) lift mandatory celibacy for priests, (4) encourage a positive
understanding of sexuality, and (5) teach the gospel as a message of joy.
Women's Ordination Site (Ireland): BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST (B.A.S.I.C.),
founded in 1993, is an Irish-based network of women and men (lay, religious,
priests) who feel called to play an active part in building up a
Church Community which is freed from the sin of sexism and healed from
the divisions between men and women. BASIC's mission is to foster women's
vocations to a renewed priestly ministry and to bring about the ordination
of women in the Roman Catholic Church, through prayer and action.
Good Company: (USA) JGC is a new magazine in cyberspace, produced by
the West Coast Compañeros Inc, a group of former U.S. Jesuits mainly
from the California and Oregon Provinces. It's a monthly journal of religion
and culture, intended to promote a dialogue with the world we live in.
Catholic Reporter: The NCR was founded in 1964, in the exuberance following
the Second Vatican Council. The online edition presents both astute
analysis of current events of interest to Catholics and a growing number
than can provide the necessary background for general discussion.
Bishop Gaillot's Cyber-See (France): Exactly one year after his January
13, 1995 forced removal from the see of Evreux in Normandy Bishop Gaillot
opened his website to the world, inviting all to "write to me." His
"diocèse sans frontières" has expanded considerably, and
is now available in English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and
Dutch versions. It features the bishop's letters, journals,
and an electronic catechism.
for Equality (USA): is a movement of women and men throughout the world
-- laity, religious and clergy -- who work for the full participation
of women and men in the church and in society. A grass-roots organization
committed to creating a culture where sexism and exclusion are behind us
and equality and full participation are the order of the day.
|SALT -- Op-Ed Page of the Catholic Church
(USA): Salt Publishing, Inc. produces the bimonthly journal SALT, a journal
dedicated to preserving freedom of inquiry and thought within the
|San Francisco Bay Catholic
(USA): The San Francisco Bay Catholic attempts to provide arguments on both sides of the important issues facing Roman Catholicism today n order to help Catholics understand the official positions are as well as current Catholic theological thinking opposed to those positions.
and Research Centre (Italy) SEDOS (the name stands for SERVICE OF DOCUMENTATION
AND STUDY) began during the Second Vatican Council when seven missionary
societies began to meet informally in Rome to exchange information and
views on Mission in the Church. Excellent source of articles on interreligious
dialogue, ecumenism, and the role of women in the church.
Koinonía--multilingual Claretian site with many articles, such
PAUL F. KNITTER on a "Liberation
Theology of Religions":
LEONARDO BOFF on "Dominus
JOSE MARIA VIGIL on "Believe
as Jesus Did":
JOSE MARIA VIGIL on "The
Utopia of Jesus":
JOAN CHITTISTER on "Religious
JOSE MARIA VIGIL on "What
Remains of the Option for the Poor": English: www.servicioskoinonia.org/relat/007.htm
(USA): SisterSite serves as a clearing house for information on women's
religious congregations, the history of religious life, and the contemporary
concerns of women in church and society. While its content and focus is
primarily Catholic, it also hopes to serve the needs of those in other
of the People of God 2001: The 'Synod of the People of God 2001' invites
individuals, groups and networks throughout the world to discuss the role
and work of the diocesan bishop, who is a key figure in our Church, and
a new balance of power in the Roman Catholic Church. As part of the People
of God (Lumen Gentium, 18) we appraise the present situation and set objectives
for the future with voices from all over the world by Internet discussions,
research and in a gathering during the time of the Tenth Ordinary General
Assembly of Bishops in Rome.
Tablet : The Tablet was founded in 1840, and is loyal to the Church
but not under its control. According to the Tablet's editor, John Wilkins,
"Our concern is with the world as much as with the Church: with everything
that is human. We shall seek to inform and interpret as well as to comment.
We shall seek to entertain. Above all, we shall hope that in the future,
as in the past, readers may find in our pages that message without which
the world perishes."
Library (USA): A stunning collection of over 100 pages with around
5,000 links (the growth rate of this site is phenomenal) "In the spirit
of the Second Vatican Council."
Are Church YOUTH at WorldYouthDay 2002: We Are Church (YOUTH) is a
network of teens and young adults, who are working for the renewal of the
Roman-Catholic church. We are inspired by the Second Vatican Council and
hope that the message of Jesus will reach out into the Third Millenium.
We want to inform young people about the reform movements in the Catholic
church. Our work is based upon the five points of the Kirchenvolks-Begehren
(Church Referendum/ Petition /Declaration), which attracted 2.3 million
signratures in German-speaking countries.
Priests: The Case for Ordaining Women in the Catholic Church. John
Wijngaards' Website to present the case for ordaining women in the
Catholic Church. The site offers a growing collection of evidence relating
to this hotly disputed issue in the Catholic Church. It contains scriptural,
biblical and theological material published on the Internet for the first
time. It also contains a substantial section dealing with women deacons.
Ancient ordination rituals that conclusively prove the ordination of women
deacons to have been part of Holy Orders, are made accessible. ARCC site
editor's comment: Note especially the book edited by Arlene and Len Swidler
(co-fouder of ARCC), Women
Priests: A Catholic Commentary on the Vatican Declaration.