Here are some links to sites of potential interest to progressive Catholics. They are grouped under various headings: The Ordination of Married Priests and Women; Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church; Social Policy and Social Justice; Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities; and Santa Barbara Area Sites.
Multi-National Megasite Supporting Reform Worldwide
Catholic Church Reform.com is a global community supporting decentralization of the Church. This movement began in 2013, following the election of Pope Francis. It gives voice to the sincere, worldwide hope that real dialogue and real changes will come about soon.
Sites Supporting the Ordination of Married Priests and Women
CORPUS website CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church.
CORPUS blog . . . Our Blog is a portal to news, articles and resources enabling you to keep up-to-date in the Catholic Reform process.
Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP). The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests is to primarily spiritually prepare, ordain, and support women from all states of life, who are theologically qualified, who are committed to an inclusive model of Church, and who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to minister within the Roman Catholic Church.
Women’s Ordination Conference The Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is the world’s oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.
Sites Calling for Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church
ACC – The American Catholic Council We ground ourselves in our common baptism giving us rights and responsibilities to continue the mission of Christ on earth. We are a movement of individuals and representatives of organizations committed to the fullness of the Catholic Church. As Vatican II Catholics we are united under a new banner, the American Catholic Council.
The International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC), founded in Rome in 1996, is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church on the basis of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit that has developed from it.
Call to Action educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.
Future Church FutureChurch seeks changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership.
Social Policy and Social Justice Sites
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promotes public policies and effective programs that enhance the inherent dignity of all, especially the poor and most vulnerable. . . “We accomplish our goals through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic media outreach, and engaging citizens in the service of the common good.”
JustFaith Ministries empowers ordinary people and their communities to become agents of God’s compassion and healing. Through workshops and programs, JustFaith Ministries helps participants to expand their commitment to social ministry within their faith communities.
Network is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years. “Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, we strive to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence.”
Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities – Gateway Sites
Alternative Catholic Experience serves as a gateway to help you find an Intentional Eucharistic Community near to where you live or travel. Another directory of IECs is found at the Intentional Eucharistic Communities site, below.
Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. All are characterized by shared responsibility for the governance and life of the community.
Santa Barbara Area Communities
Catholic Church of the Beatitudes. “Rooted in the values of compassion, peace, and justice as taught by Jesus the Christ, we are actively creating a new model of church through servant leadership. We honor the gifts of everyone, and recognize unity in diversity as we develop a community of equals.” Mass is celebrated Saturdays at 4:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2101 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93015. We are affiliated with Roman Catholic Women Priests.