Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Catholic reform groups unite to petition Pope Francis
Open letter sent ahead of pope's meeting with cardinals
Picture: National Catholic Reporter/CNS/Tony Gentile/Reuters
- Joshua J. McElwee for National Catholic Reporter
- September 20, 2013
About 100 church reform groups from around the world have teamed together to circulate a petition asking Pope Francis to give Catholic lay faithful an “effective voice” in church decision-making.
The petition, styled as an open letter to the pope, is being mailed to the Vatican Friday in hopes it can impact Francis’ Oct. 1-3 meeting with a group of eight cardinals he has appointed to advise him on the reforming of church structures.
“It is out of a deep concern for the Catholic Church, in the face of its many crises, that we, representing millions of Catholics from around the world, have collaborated in writing this letter,”the writers begin.
“We are filled with hope that church governance will be discussed at your October meeting and we respectfully request that you give primary consideration to acknowledging the rights and responsibilities of the baptized to have a voice of influence in the decision-making of our Church.”
Organizers of the petition told NCR Thursday they’re sending copies directly to the pope, to each of the eight cardinals, and to the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio, or ambassador, to the U.S.
A website dedicated to the effort lists the groups involved as coming from a dozen countries and representing a wide range of concerns about how the church functions.
“We are providing the unfiltered voice of the laity to the hierarchy, to the advisors and Pope Francis,” said Janet Hauter, the chair of the U.S.-based group American Catholic Council, which is one of the signatories.
“We need to act swiftly so that commitments that might be made between Oct. 1 and Oct 3 are not set in stone before they hear what people are crying for,” she said.
Full Story: Message for reform sent to pope, cardinals
Source: National Catholic Reporter