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
To support those who have been abused
To support priests of integrity
To support structural change within our Church
We are faithful Catholics in
communion with the universal Catholic Church.
We love and support our Church
and believe what it professes.
We accept the teaching authority
of our Church, including the traditional role of the bishops
and the Pope.
We will work with our bishops,
clergy, and other members to strengthen unity and human moral
integrity in our Church.
We believe that sexual abuse
by clergy and the response of bishops, protecting abusers
and forsaking the abused, have caused great human suffering
and damaged the moral authority of our Church.
We believe that the laity has
the graced dignity, intelligence, responsibility and obligation
to cooperate in Church governance in a meaningful way according
to the norm of law (cf. Canon 129) to correct the profound
flaws that have been revealed in the human institutional life
of our church.
We believe that the council
documents of Vatican II illuminate the pathway for lay involvement
in the Church.
We urge that the openness and
mutual respect advocated by Pope John Paul II in Ut Unum Sint
(“That All May Be One”) and the teachings of Vatican
II be the model for meaningful dialog among bishops and laity.