Catholics for Renewal


About Us

Catholics for Renewal Inc.

Catholics for Renewal seeks to meet our responsibilities for the state of the Church in accordance with Christ’s teachings as reflected in the mandate of Vatican II:

"The Church or people of God . . . fosters and takes to itself, insofar as they are good, the ability, riches and customs in which the genius of each people expresses itself." (Lumen Gentium 13)

"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, 3)

Who we are: Origins and Identity

Catholics for Renewal is a group of Australian Catholics who are deeply committed to the mission of Christ’ Church. We value the vision, teachings and legacy of the Second Vatican Council. We are passionate about preserving and promoting essential values of Christ’s teachings. Catholics for Renewal identifies itself with the Vatican Council’s primary affirmation that sound and transparent governance is and continues to be intrinsic to the nature of Catholic Church. They include: subsidiarity, co-responsibility, collegiality and transparency in Church governance. These values are embedded in the Tradition and are clearly enshrined in the Council’s documents particularly Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes.  They are central to Vatican II’s vision and mandate for the ongoing work of renewal in the life, mission and structure of the Church. 

What we do

Catholics for Renewal remains firmly committed to ongoing ecclesiastical change, reform and organisational restructure which must be realistic, inclusive in every sense, and responsive to the People of God. Catholics for Renewal does not in any way represent sectional interests or ideological bias.

Catholics for Renewal as formed in early 2011 in response to growing concerns among large numbers of Church members that the relationship between them and their leaders was rapidly breaking down. Among other things, this became evident with the increasing number of people leaving active participation in local Church life. This has become more and more obvious with the separation of young people from the regular worshipping community. It became increasingly obvious that the foundations of faith, trust and confidence among Catholics were being seriously eroded and compromised by a remote and isolated hierarchy with a fundamental breakdown and collapse of sound governance, particularly in the areas of transparency and accountability from the local level all the way to the Papacy.

Our Aims and Concerns

Catholics for Renewal Inc seeks to exercise its rightful voice within the Catholic Community in ways which are clearly and unambiguously committed, transparent, constructive and responsible.  Catholics for Renewal claims this voice with renewed urgency. It sees that the very credibility of the Catholic Church is at stake and that its claim to represent, embody and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being seriously compromised, eroded and subverted by its own institutional and systemic failures. In particular the moral authority of Church leadership at all levels is now seriously compromised mainly as a result of its scandalous cover-ups of clerical and religious child sexual abusers, protecting the abusers at the cost of the abused and the resultant further abuse of vulnerable children. Church leadership is seen to have, and has been proven to have, placed ecclesiastical interests and Canonical protection of clericalism ahead of the teaching of Jesus Christ.

For these reasons, Catholics for Renewal has taken a number of key initiatives aimed at drawing the attention of Church leadership to the corruption of the Church’s mission. Among these initiatives a number are particularly significant:

  • the 2011 Open Letter to the Pope and Australian Bishops, linked HERE
  • the 2012 submission and subsequent presentation to Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry, linked HERE, HERE and Appendix, HERE
  • The proposal to the Australian Bishops for a plenary national synod in 2015 preceded by diocesan pastoral councils and diocesan synods, linked HERE.
  • The submission of Catholics for Renewal to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, July, 2013. , HERE     

A Catholics For Renewal brochure may be downloaded here

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