Petition of the People of the Church –
At the tomb of St. Peter we remembered the words: "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of One who has called you out of darkness into wonderful light". (1Peter 2,9-10)
We founded the "International Movement We Are Church" to network and create communication inside the Church and to spread the Petition of the people. This petition which was begun in Austria, Germany and South Tyrol focuses on the need for a Church which values participation, a Church with all ministries open to women and men, a Church with optional celibacy, a Church which values sexuality and primacy of conscience, a Church which is committed to social justice and human rights, a Church which does not marginalize its own people. This came as a response to the suffering of many in the Church due to lack of freedom, justice and compassion. In the spririt of Vatican II we demand dialogue to bring about authentic renewal and substantial reform. We are taking steps to achieve these objectives immediately.
The delegates are in solidarity with Christians and organizations in the 'second' and 'third' world who fight for a Church engaged in the liberation of women and men.
The delegates agreed to organize a pilgrimage, "INCONTRO DEL POPOLO DI DIO", from their countries to Rome on 11 October 1997, the 35th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, which made promises to God's people which have not yet been kept.
Signatories: Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, South Tyrol (Italy), Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States of America
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