Our first unified campaign was led by Fr. Mark Goring against the appearance of Cardinal Wuerl as the presider at the Mass for Life in Washington DC in January. In addition to our monthly campaigns you can target your specific locality, launching a petition from your church’s pastoral council. If successfully executed, it will be more than a single victory at a singular event. This has the potential to revolutionize our local parishes and diocese.
See the petition below, copy and paste it into your word processor and customize it for your local parish. If your pastor/priest will not allow signatures for this petition to be obtained with his backing, modify the document and obtain the signatures independently. Then, proceed to replace your regular monetary offering with the same amount of “St. Joseph Bucks.”
BECOME A “PLACEHOLDER” FOR FR. MARK GORING AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR MONTHLY CAMPAIGNS (so easy, even a caveman can do it). PLEASE SIGN UP (this is the hard part) FOR THE NEWSLETTER ON THE HOME PAGE.
A Petition from the Parish Pastoral Council, Pastor & Parishioners of YOUR CHURCH HEREof TOWN
To: Title Bishop’s Name, Title of City
We, the Parishioners of Your Church Here, Town, have watched with great dismay several events unfold in 2018 that show with brutal clarity the failure of the Episcopacy of the Church to 1) teach the Faith as handed down by the Apostles, 2) live the Faith, 3) protect children, seminarians and laity from sexual predators in the Clergy (including the Episcopacy), and 4) be truthful, forthcoming and transparent with the laity, the civil authorities and the media. The disappointment we have in many leaders of the Church is profound and it has become clear that many Bishops cannot be fully trusted in word or deed as shown by their behavior and lack of accountability to do what was right when they had the opportunity – something we all are called to do on a daily basis.
We are not out to change the worldwide Church, but we can strive to change our beloved Church in the diocese of Your Town. To that end we ask that you, our Bishop, please read the points below, reply back to our Pastor, Fr. Priest’s Name, and seriously consider holding a Town Hall – type meeting with the laity of our parish to discuss these proposed steps. Our requests are straightforward:
- Create a Standard of Conduct for ALL members of the Clergy, Religious and Clerical Societies – including Bishops. All members of these bodies must be subject to the same disciplines regarding allegations of sexual or fiscal misconduct. Members of these bodies who violate the Standards of Conduct should, except in extraordinary circumstances, be removed from public ministry. Members of these bodies who are aware of and withheld information regarding other members violating the Standards of Conduct, should, except in extraordinary circumstances, be removed from public ministry. It is not enough to say that rules and Charters already exist – it is clear they have not always been followed and the Dallas Charter was orchestrated to NOT apply to Bishops – this must change.
- Create an investigative commission that would receive, review and act on accusations made against Clergy, Religious and Clerical Society members which would be constituted mainly by lay specialists and laity. Any current independent review board of the diocese may be able to fulfill this role, but only if its track record shows it is not compromised. This commission should be chosen by the Pastors and Laity of the churches of the diocese – not the Bishops. It must have the authority to make decisions independent of the Bishops/Cardinal as long as they do not violate Cannon or Civil Law.
Members of the Commission must be in full communion with the Church, observe the Church’s precepts, accept all of the Church’s teachings on faith and morals as stated in the Catechism and be independent of financial or other influence by the clergy or religious whose cases would come before them.