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to Catholics for Renewal. This Website provides information on who we are, what we do, our aims and concerns. It provides current information in relation to renewal of the Church - aspirational, under pursuit, or as it happens in real time.

We welcome all Catholics who are committed to their faith and want a Church which is Christlike in all it does, providing leadership in the world based on the teachings of Christ. We are of the view that the institutional Church needs renewal in accordance with those teachings. We call for an outward-facing Church whose leaders are accountable, transparent and inclusive, and which advocates unequivocally for the rights of the oppressed and disadvantaged while tending practically to their needs.


Encouraged by a history of church renewal 

Church reform over the centuries has been continual, but has required great patience, too much patience. Whilst daunted by the challenge ahead we are also encouraged by hopeful new signs of change, and some things that have already been achieved in recent times or are starting to happen.   These include initiatives by Pope Francis, and global collaboration between a growing number of active national and international Church Reform and Renewal groups, thanks to unprecedented networking opportunities now readily available through new technology. Also see Church Mutation.


Commitment

 We are not content with seeking renewal of the Church. We believe that we all have responsibilities to commit to a better world. This website refers to a variety of social concerns and also identifies particular issues in which Catholics for Renewal is active, including the important area of clerical child sexual abuse.You are invited to follow or otherwise participate in our endeavours. See Contact Us.

This website provides opportunities for those who wish to express their views and/or support the process of renewal in the Church, either directly or indirectly. Catholics for Renewal comprises a diverse group of people who work rigorously and professionally in all our research, analysis and advocacy. We work as volunteers and welcome and encourage anyone with an interest in Church renewal to support the group, either by becoming a website 'subscriber' or more actively engaging with us. In any case all are welcome simply to use this website as an information resource or as a means of tracking the status of church renewal.

We need and want a Church where we are ‘all one in Christ, with no more distinctions ...between male and female’ (Galatians, 3:28) and whose leaders read well the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Gospel.

We seek no more nor less than a Christlike Church, and we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all we do.

Peter Johnstone
President

 

There is no charge for subscriptions. If you would like to assist our work, here’s a link to our ‘donate’ facility. All our limited funds are used strictly and carefully for the purposes of Catholics for Renewal. Most of our work is funded by members incurring expenses on behalf of the organisation.


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NOTE: All the text underneath is a previous version of the HOME page. Due to an imposed website platform update by our US based host on 8 November 2016 the layout and menu structure was impacted and is progressively being corrected by voluntary effort.
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The "Needs of Dioceses/Archdioceses and Selection of Bishops"
Survey closed on 14 November 2016

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" Christ's faithful have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge,  competence and position, to manifest to the sacred pastors their views on matters
which concern the good of the church."

(Canon 212, par 3)
 
 
 Online Survey (closing 14 November)

"Needs of Dioceses/Archdioceses and Selection of Bishops"
                                                                

 Catholics for Renewal survey for Australian Catholics.

At this critical time for the Church in Australia a number of dioceses (6 as of 31 March 2016) are without bishops, and given Canon Law requirement that Bishops at the age of 75 submit their resignation to the pope for consideration, several Australian diocesan bishops are likely to be appointed in the not too distant future, including a new archbishop for Melbourne. In consultation with others Catholics for Renewal has created a ‘free form’ survey inviting a wide representation of Catholics in Australia to suggest in their own way what qualities and attributes they would like in a bishop to serve the needs of their Diocese/Archdiocese. This survey for Australian Catholics is accessible by clicking the logo

Survey Questions:                                                                                                                                        The two main survey questions asked are  based on the process set out in Canon Law for the selection of Bishops (ref.4 below). Canon law requires that the condition and needs of the diocese be investigated first, followed by a process of selecting the most suitable candidate for the diocese.

 

For those seeking background reading for the survey the following references might assist:

1. Possible Needs of Australian Dioceses - some examples  (Here)

2. Choosing the next Archbishop of Melbourne: how it should occur, and why this is important, Dr Peter Wilkinson 1 June 2016, (Here)

3. Selecting nine new Australian bishops this year - involving the faithful. Originally published in SWAG. Peter Johnstone, President, Catholics for Renewal Inc. Republished June 8th, 2016 with permission from SWAG. (The Swag, the journal of the Australian National Council of priests has recently run a series of articles on the selection of bishops)  (Here)

4. Canons 377 - 380 of the Code of Canon Law (Here)

   


Catholics for Renewal Inc.

Welcome to Catholics for Renewal. This Website provides information on who we are, what we do, our aims and concerns. It provides current information in relation to renewal of the Church - aspirational, under pursuit, or as it happens in real time.

We welcome all Catholics who are committed to their faith and want a Church which is Christlike in all it does, providing leadership in the world based on the teachings of Christ. We are of the view that the institutional Church needs renewal in accordance with those teachings. We call for an outward-facing Church whose leaders are accountable, transparent and inclusive, and which advocates unequivocally for the rights of the oppressed and disadvantaged while tending practically to their needs.

Encouraged by a history of church renewal                                                                   Church reform over the centuries has been continual, but has required great patience, too much patience. Whilst daunted by the challenge ahead we are also encouraged by hopeful new signs of change, and some things that have already been achieved in recent times or are starting to happen.   These include initiatives by Pope Francis, and global collaboration between a growing number of active national and international Church Reform and Renewal groups, thanks to unprecedented networking opportunities now readily available through new technology. Also see Church Mutation.

Commitment                                                                                                                                                  We are not content with seeking renewal of the Church. We believe that we all have responsibilities to commit to a better world. This website refers to a variety of social concerns and also identifies particular issues in which Catholics for Renewal is active, including the important area of clerical child sexual abuse.You are invited to follow or otherwise participate in our endeavours. See Contact Us.

This website provides opportunities for those who wish to express their views and/or support the process of renewal in the Church, either directly or indirectly. Catholics for Renewal comprises a diverse group of people who work rigorously and professionally in all our research, analysis and advocacy. We work as volunteers and welcome and encourage anyone with an interest in Church renewal to support the group, either by becoming a website 'subscriber' or more actively engaging with us. In any case all are welcome simply to use this website as an information resource or as a means of tracking the status of church renewal.

We need and want a Church where we are ‘all one in Christ, with no more distinctions ...between male and female’ (Galatians, 3:28) and whose leaders read well the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Gospel.

We seek no more nor less than a Christlike Church, and we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all we do.

Peter Johnstone
President

 

 # See News Updates here

There is no charge for subscriptions. If you would like to assist our work, here’s a link to our ‘donate’ facility. All our limited funds are used strictly and carefully for the purposes of Catholics for Renewal. Most of our work is funded by members incurring expenses on behalf of the organisation.

 

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Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia
See "Open Letter" page

Latest news reports

(details here)


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