22 Catholic Organizations Call for a Justice-seeking Pope

Post date: Sep 16, 2013 6:12:18 PM

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2013

Contact: Erin Saiz Hanna (202) 675-1006

22 Catholic Organizations Call for a Justice-seeking Pope

On Monday, February 11th, Pope Benedict XVI surprised Catholics worldwide by announcing his resignation. Member organizations of Catholic Organizations for Renewal and Women-Church Convergence made the following statement.

We join Catholics worldwide in praying for the health of Pope Benedict XVI and value his courageous decision to step down from the papacy for the betterment of the church. At this critical time of transition in church history, we claim our responsibility as committed laity, religious, and clergy in advocating for the selection of a justice-seeking pope, one with a pastoral vision to heal, reform, and renew the Roman Catholic Church. Throughout the coming weeks, we will encourage our supporters to contact the eleven U.S. cardinals who will represent the United States during the conclave to share our hopes for renewed leadership.

Our prayer is that the newly elected pope will:

  • ensure accountability and transparency in the handling of sexual abuse cases,
  • value open dialogue, academic freedom, and due process,
  • model financial transparency and accountability,
  • work toward the Vatican II call to collegial leadership at every level,
  • consult the laity in the decisions that directly affect them, includingselection of their own bishops and the closing of their parishes and schools,
  • consider optional priestly celibacy and reopen the priesthood to married men and resigned priests,
  • incorporate women at all levels of ministry and decision making, including ordination,
  • consult with the Catholic people in developing a sensible church teaching on human sexuality,
  • respect the conscience of every person in regard to matters of their sexuality and reproduction,
  • and challenge environmental degradation, corporate greed, wars and violent responses to societal problems, and denial of basic human rights.

Signed by the following organizations:

A Critical Mass: Women Celebrating Eucharist

Carolyn Kellogg

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP

(703) 505-0004, (941) 955-2313

Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church

Patrick B. Edgar, President


Call To Action

Jim FitzGerald, Executive Director

(773) 404-0004

Catholics for Choice

Jon O'Brien, President

(202) 986-6093

Chicago Women-Church

Darlene Noesen


Anthony Padovano, (973) 539-8732


Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director


Faithful of Southern Illinois (FOSIL)

Anne Harter

Federation of Christian Ministries' Roman Catholic Faith Community Council

Thomas Cusack and Thomas Quinn

National Coalition of American Nuns

Jeannine Gramick, SL, 301-864-3604

New Ways Ministry

Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director

(240) 432-2489

PAX Christi - Maine

Bill Slavick

Quixote Center / Catholics Speak Out

Dolly Pomerleau

San Francisco Bay Area Women-Church

Karen Schwarz

Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Ordination Conference

Regina Bannan, (215) 350-9877

Renewed and Priestly People - Ordination Reconsidered Today (RAPPORT)

Gloria Ulterino

Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA, Inc.

Suzanne Thiel, RCWP, (503) 784-3330

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

Mary E. Hunt and Diann Neu, (301) 589-2509

Women-Church Baltimore

Erma Durkin

WomenEucharist Boulder

Sheila Dierks, (303) 449-4302

Women's Ordination Conference (WOC)

Erin Saiz Hanna, Executive Director

(202) 675-1006