OUR MISSION STATEMENT
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
Catholics on the Edge, written by Tim Unsworth, contains an essay written about Barbara Blaine, the Founder of SNAP. For more information, click here.
Common Sense II - A Resource for Catholic Church Reform
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Oct. 21, 2013
This book aims to give Catholics the information they need to argue authoritatively for vital reforms in the governance of the Catholic Church. It calls for three fundamental reforms with regard to bishops, priests, and women, and supplies the background history of Judeo-Christianity that is needed in order for one to stand one's ground in confronting the hierarchy. To order, click here.
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This is a very powerful statement about Church renewal by Cardinal Martini just before he died. He was head of the Church in Milan for 22 years. He also taught Scripture for many years in Rome and in Jerusalem. He was a long time friend of Pope Benedict, since the 2nd Vatican Council, but he grew to see the Church very differently. These comments are from an interview shortly before his death and intended to be published only after his death. It's a criticism of the last two papacies but spoken by a saintly man, greatly loved in his own diocese -- he speaks truth to power. "Instead of using single points of Catholic moral discipline to be forceful, he had a way of putting each person's human story into a broader framework of hope and obedience to the great and diverse tradition of the Church... he is a prophet of the conciliar Church that, sooner or later, is sure to come." (TheTablet)
How do you see the situation of the church today?
The church is tired, in affluent Europe and in America. Our culture has grown old, our churches are big and our religious houses empty, the bureaucracy of our Churches is growing out of proportion, our liturgies and our vestments are pompous. Yet maybe these things express what we've become today? ... Wealth is a heavy burden to carry around. We are like the rich young man who went away sad when Jesus called him to be his disciple.
I know that we can't leave behind all these things so easily. But at the very least we should be looking for men (for the priesthood) who are freer and closer to their fellow men and women. Just as Archbishop Romero and the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. Where are our heroes today who can inspire us? In no way should we just be limiting ourselves to the institutional ties.
Who can help the church today?
Father Karl Rahner often used the image of the embers hidden under the ash. I see in the Church today so much ash covering the embers that often I'm hit with a sense of impotence.
How can we clear away the ash from the embers so that the flame of love can grow strong again? First of all we have to find those embers. Where are the individuals full of generosity, like the Good Samaritan? Who have faith like the Roman centurion? Who have the enthusiam of John the Baptist? Or the daring of Paul? Who are faithful like Mary Magdalene? I suggest that the Pope and the bishops should find 12 unconventional people to take on leadership roles. Those who are close to the poor, who can galvanize young people by being willing to try new approaches. We need to be challenged by people who are fired by the spirit so that it can be spread far and wide.
What tools do you recommend against the exhaustion of the church?
I recommend three very strong ones. The first is conversion: the church must recognize its errors and follow a radical path of change, beginning with the pope and the bishops. The pedophilia scandals compel us to take up a path of conversion. Questions about sexuality, and all the themes involving the body, are an example. These are important to everyone, sometimes perhaps too important. We have to ask ourselves if people still listen to the advice of the church on sexual matters. Is the church still an authoritative reference in this field, or simply a caricature in the media?