Fewer Priests, Fewer Parishes: What We Can Do NOW!
end mandatory celibacy · welcome
back married priests
ordain women deacons
Petition to the International Synod on the Eucharist
This petition will be sent to U.S. cardinals and bishop delegates to the International Synod on the Eucharist. (A Spanish version is also available.)
Whereas, nearly half of the world’s parishes and missions have no resident priest, requiring millions of Catholics to go without Mass and the sacraments; and
Whereas, mandatory celibacy is a church rule, not a church doctrine, and both a celibate and a married priesthood are God’s gifts to the Church; and
Whereas, the early church had many women deacons such as St. Phoebe who delivered St. Paul’s letter to the Church of Rome, (Romans 16:1-2); and
Whereas, we the undersigned wish to excercise our right under canon 212.2 to “make our views known about matters which concern the good of the Church.”
1. Only your name, city and state will be sent to U.S. cardinals and
We therefore respectfully request our leaders at the International Synod on the Eucharist to place the spiritual and sacramental needs of the People of God above every other consideration and begin a wide-ranging discussion among laity, priests, pastoral ministers and bishops about the need to remove mandatory celibacy as a requirement for the priesthood and to open the diaconate to the tens of thousands of qualified women serving the Church right now.
delegates to the 2005 International Synod on the Eucharist. The second collection deadline is the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2005. However, petitions will continue to be accepted up to the date of the actual synod (still to be announced)
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What can you do?
- Sign the petition online or print a PDF version that you can circulate to collect signatures.
- Volunteer to be a "multiplier”...people who will commit to getting 10 of their friends to also circulate the petition to ten of their friends etc., etc.
- Email friends and family and invite them to sign the petition. A sample message that you can copy and paste into your email program can be found here.