A Statement by Catholic Reform Groups
This statement is attributed to the coalition of organizations and individuals listed below:
"We, the representatives of leading Catholic organizations, are again gathering at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting to express our love and concern for our church and all those who have suffered from its abuses.
Our message to the bishops is a simple one: We are the church. We are not outsiders and will not stand idly by as our church suffers through its current scandal.
We are not here to further our own agendas, as the bishops so insultingly stated. We are here to pursue an agenda of justice.
Our concerns, too, are very simple: we find it troubling that the Vatican is attempting to usurp civil laws with canon law - taking alleged abusers to Rome for confidential hearings by tribunal in lieu of democratic civil procedures that apply to all.
In addition, we continue to be disturbed by bishops who deflect responsibility and lay blame for their own actions on other groups, including gay priests.
We call on the people of the church to continue demanding accountability from their bishops and urge them to continue praying for the victims of abuse and all others who feel betrayed by this on-going scandal."
Catholics for a Free
Choice Roxanne Evans
(617) 669-7810 (cell)
Women's Ordination Conference
Anthony T. Padovano
(435) 640-1169 (cell)
Women in Spirit of Colorado:
Catholic Women for Reform
Kay Norton Haughey
Sisters Against Sexism &
Loretto Women's Network
Ruth McDonough Fitzpatrick
Greater Cincinnati Women Church
Ruth Hittner Steinert
The Federation of Christian Ministries
Bridget Mary Meehan
Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity
Catholics Speak Out