Newsletter, June 24, 2013


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Reclaiming the Promise of Vatican II

Building a season of renewal…  
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Fr. Helmut Schüller, founder of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, a movement organized in 2006 to address an increasing shortage of priests, will be on a U.S. national speaking tour this summer. His Call to Disobedience, signed by a majority of Austrian priests, has brought worldwide attention and momentum to addressing the crises in the Catholic Church. Today, he leads a practical movement that recognizes the Holy Spirit among the laity and the necessity of reforming church governance. Join Schüller and Catholics across the country in a new season of dialogue.  Speaking engagements extend from July 16th to August 7th. For more information, go to

to find the location nearest you and join the dialogue!

Worth the Read
Supporters of ACC will surely be interested in this astute analysis, where Robinson says that the Catholic Church, “must look at itself again from the foundations up.”

New Group Advances International Campaign for Electing Bishops

ACC encourages its supporters to check out a new campaign to change the way Bishops are selected. This is an excellent example of an action that focuses on issues of governance and structural reform, central to ACC’s work.   


Individuals and church reform groups around the world are being asked to sign a letter addressed to Pope Francis and his newly appointed Cabinet of Cardinals,urging them to invite the People of God (led by priests, religious and lay leaders in local dioceses) to elect their own bishop.  

Elected bishops will be account- able and “listening bishops,” the group says, “open to other reforms that fit their own local needs.”

The group considers this an essential first step that will pave the way for other governance reforms. They plan to deliver the letter with a million signatures to Pope Francis just before his scheduled October meeting with the Cabinet of Cardinals.

For more information and to sign the letter to Pope Francis, CLICK HERE.

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Is It Soup Yet??  The short answer is YES!

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We Launch Two Initiatives! 


Since our inaugural event, Pentecost Weekend, 2011, the American Catholic Council has been working to create change through discerning and targeting the root cause of dysfunction in the Church. Our focus is governance, looking at the leadership and management structures that have corrupted the institution.  

We designed, developed and implemented a webinar on nonviolent resistance with 24 participants.  Follow-up from that project has produced several new initiatives that will involve a wider constituency.  We’re ready to call on YOU to get involved!


As you read further in this newsletter, you will see the details of two different outreach projects from the ACC:  LIstening Assemblies and a Leadership Training Weekend Workshop.   

Are you ready to jump in and do something to make the Church you want to see?  Are you ready to say “Here I am, Lord!”?   

We hope so!Janet Hauter


With renewed hope,

Janet Hauter, National Chair, ACC 


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ACC Announces New Round of
Listening Sessions: Celebrating a Season of Hope

Listening Ear We are pleased to announce that we have a new version of our ACC ‘signature’ Listening Assemblies.  In this season of hope engendered by the election of a new Pope, the ACC is encouraging all Catholics to focus on specific means to promote change in the local and universal Church. Early evidence of Pope Francis’ behavior has made him a symbolic figure of what we dreamed possible: a compassionate, collegial institution manifesting social justice behaviors of love and outreach for the least among us.

We ask all of YOU to host an in-home (or larger venue) of friends, neighbors, colleagues and family to help develop a vision of a Church soon-to-be. Hold a Listening Assembly and become part of a global movement to change the church.  We will send a list of issues that YOU develop for a proposed “Vatican III” council to Pope Francis, to be delivered in October 2015 with the International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC) at a lay synod being planned in Rome.  The new Listening Session template is now posted to our website: CLICK HERE

  • Peruse the template for “Celebrating a Season of Hope”: American Catholic Council Listening Assemblies for Change
  • Think about how you can hold these Listening Assemblies in your area:  venue, dates, guest list – get excited!
  • Begin to organize!
  • Need advice – please get in touch with us.
     As Listening Assemblies are planned, we will keep you informed about this growing movement.
     As our “wish list” for issues to be discussed at a Vatican III develops, you will see what others are dreaming about for our Church.
     As local communities discern their challenges, ACC will let you know about actions taking place around the country.
     Are you ready to be a change-maker?

ACC’s Announces New Leadership Training Workshops on Nonviolent Action for Reform

Empowerment Zone

Our second initiative is the design, development and implementation of

Leadership Training for individuals answering the Call that we believe to be holy, an 

inner prompting to turn from our personal lives to respond to true Christian servant leadership.  

This weekend event will be conducted in four national locations (to be announced), with the initial pilot planned for the Chicago area in early Fall.   


Building on last Fall’s Institute for Nonviolent Action for Church Reform, this training seminar will provide skills and a common language for nonviolent, effective action. The workshops, called Transforming Power Relationships, will aim to influence change in the governance system (leadership and management) of the Church which we believe is the nexus of the institutional dysfunction.  


Moving in this direction demands individuals who feel called to such transformative work of both the individual and the collective which we believe Jesus invites us to when he asks us to be “radical disciples”.  Since many of us are looking for the tools to make a difference, this is an opportunity to expand your own identity as a leader and change-maker.   

Our dates will be announced soon! 

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