Call for third Vatican Council. (Church Reform).We Are Church (UK), a progressive Catholic group, has released the text of a letter it sent to the leaders of the Catholic church in Britain, calling for an urgent response to the crisis affecting the Catholic church around the world.
The letter, "A kairos Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the "right or opportune moment". The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. for the church," refers to the "people who have been abused emotionally, physically, sexually and spiritually" and suggests that now is "a time of grace and opportunity" for the church to act. It was sent to all of the bishops in Britain, and addressed to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor His Eminence Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, (born August 24, 1932) is an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, currently serving as Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. , president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. , and Archbishop Keith O'Brien, president of the Scottish Catholic Bishops' Conference. The letter urged the hierarchy to take a more strategic approach to the crisis and work in partnership with the laity towards a solution.
WAC's coordinator, Valerie Stroud, said: "Instead of dealing with the current concerns as if they are all quite unrelated matters, it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a for the church's leadership to wake up to the fact that these issues reflect a much more fundamental and structural dysfunction in the church. Too many doors are being shut in people's faces when it's greater openness that's needed. It's no good dealing with this piecemeal, through `inquisitions' or silencing. The church's pastors should offer full repentance for the abuse of power at the heart of the problems in the church, and a firm purpose of amendment."
WAC WAC (Women's Army Corps), U.S. army organization created (1942) during World War II to enlist women as auxiliaries for noncombatant duty in the U.S. army. Before 1943 it was known as the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). Its first director was Oveta Culp Hobby. has urged the hierarchy to convene a formal Council of the Catholic church to include all the church's bishops and the full participation of lay and other ordained or·dain
tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.
b. To authorize as a rabbi.
2. members, as well as representatives from other faith communities. [www.weare-church.org]