Laity and Clergy Re-Imagining Church Together
WHY THE BRIDGE DIALOGUES?
Many Catholics are unaware of the extensive consequences of the clerical culture in which priests and the hierarchy spend most of their adult lives. From specified educational paths to socialization opportunities, from living conditions to financial remuneration, in working relationships restricted by oaths of obedience and isolation enforced by celibacy, priests typically live aside and apart from the people they should serve—they are culturally and often physically far removed from the realities of the communities that surround them.
Some form of clerical culture will always be with us as long as we make distinctions between priests and laity. But we can all work together to reduce the temptations to condescension and elitism among our clergy.
The BridgeDialogues provides the resources to begin a dialogue in your parish or community to look at the subtle ways that language and pastoral relationships can feed clericalism and how all Catholics experience those barriers.
VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL
Voice of the Faithful is a lay organization of faithful Catholics, who organized in 2002 as a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. We started in the basement of a church in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and have since expanded worldwide with more than 30,000 members.
Our Mission is to provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church.
We work towards achieving our mission by pursuing three goals:
Support survivors of clergy sexual abuse
Support priests of integrity
Shape structural change within the Catholic Church
FutureChurch’s mission is to seek changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life, ministry, and governance.
FutureChurch works for
Just, open and collaborative structures for Catholic worship, organization and governance
A return to the Church’s early tradition of both married and celibate priests
A return to the Church’s earliest tradition, modeled on the inclusive practice of Jesus, of recognizing both female and male leaders of faith communities
Regular access to the Eucharist, the center of Catholic life and worship, for all Catholics.
Future Church's activities grow from a spirituality based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Eucharist, the Spirit-filled beliefs of the faithful, and the teachings of Vatican II.
ASSOCIATION OF U.S. CATHOLIC PRIESTS
AUSCP serves the People of God in parishes and other ministries. We seek to add a priests’ voice to the public conversation within our pilgrim church, among bishops and lay persons, vowed religious, ordained deacons and others.
Our concerns are your concerns: good liturgy, social justice, the role of women in our church, immigration policies that reflect Gospel values, the dignity of all human lives, and a church that welcomes all the People of God.
Our Mission: To be an association of U.S. Catholic priests offering mutual support and a collegial voice through dialogue, contemplation and prophetic action on issues affecting Church and society.
Our Vision: To be a Priests Voice of Hope and Joy within our Pilgrim Church.