An Open Letter to Pope Francis re the Synod Process

Subject:                Reforming the Church Based on The Holy Will of God

 

 

 

I applaud the initiation of a process to truly listen to the Spirit of God calling us to repent, to love, to forgive, to pray and to bring healing and hope to our world in need through a Church that is ready to commit to new beginnings honouring the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Will of God.

The following input is the product of many years of reflection, prayer and ministry. In an effort to be brief I offer you my contact details (in private) so we can continue this conversation at your convenience for the great Glory of God.  You may also email me at info@passionofchrist.ca

 

  1. A Peace Movement is Uniting the Body of Christ called A Peaceful Revolution In the Name of Jesus Christ

 

Every day at the Hour of Mercy, 3pm, the Time Our Lord Jesus died for us, Christians all over the world are stopping to remember the greatest love the world has ever known and will ever know, the love of Our Saviour Jesus Christ. At this time we contemplate the Passion of Christ and pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all souls, to bring conversion, peace and reconciliation. More info here https://passionofchrist.ca/the-hour-of-mercy/

This peace movement has already received over twenty-one million positive responses from people all over the world communicating worldwide support for the unity of the Body of Christ.

We are mindful of God’s promise for forgiveness and healing:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

If this Synod process of reform is to be truly successful we must make prayer a true priority to ensure we will receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

INVITATION: Will you join us in prayer daily at the Hour of Mercy to remember the infinite sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus and pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Will you summon the faithful to join in to unite the world daily as ‘fratelli tutti’ (all brothers and sisters in Christ) believing in the power of our united prayer as we strive to reform the Church, bringing healing and renewed faith, hope and love?

 

  1. The Synod Process – Facilitating Listening through the Power of Technology

 

If the process of Church reform is to bear great fruit, we must ensure that God’s people have an opportunity to be heard and that the input of the Holy Spirit is captured with clarity and power.  

INVITATION: We invite the Church to leverage the use of online surveys to gather the input of the people on important issues facing our future, e.g., the Role of Women in ordained roles, the New Evangelization, the Sacramental Preparation process, Church Governance, Conflict Resolution and Healing etc.

These surveys should allow for total transparency allowing the public to see the aggregate results to the questions asked. The surveys should also permit ‘verbatims’ which capture the inspiration and constructive input of the people participating. These surveys should be open to anyone who wants to participate and allow for summarization at a country, regional and global level.

The use of digital surveys will ensure that the input from the people of God CANNOT be corrupted or changed in any way.  This is essential to the integrity and success of this process of renewal and reformation.

It is also recommended that the process which has been articulated culminating in a general assembly of Bishops in Rome in Oct 2023 be amended to allow for a more diverse assembly representing the Body of Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Accelerating the Process of Healing – A New Role for Church Ombudsmen

 

Many people believe that what is missing in the Catholic Church is a TRUE CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY that is transparent and open. Many have left the Church feeling their concerns have no real voice. We need to work to build a new culture that holds everyone accountable for stopping injustices, a culture that facilitates conflict resolution with velocity and ease.

INVITATION: I would like to present the opportunity to create within the Catholic ecclesiastical hierarchy a new Ombudsman office dedicated to resolving disputes of a complex nature.

This new governance model would include both ordained priests and laypeople serving in the role of ombudsmen or problem solvers working together to enable issues requiring action to be easily reported and addressed. For this to work, there must be a set of published contacts that anyone in the Church can go to for specific critical issues. Archbishops cannot be the ‘only senior contact’ available within a diocese, because sometimes they are part of the problem. The Office of the Ombudsmen must be detached from the authority of the Archbishop with responsibility and authority to act as mandated by the Church.

We must eliminate secrecy and aim for every person to stand accountable to stop injustice. Solutions are needed immediately. Let’s discuss and listen to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. The Future of Our World – Teaching Our Children to be Peacemakers

 

We have as a global community a critical opportunity to create in the educational process something that is currently missing, an opportunity for our children all over the world to learn how to build peace in a sustainable way.

INVITATION: There is an opportunity for the Church to play a critical leadership role in creating the first historic, global ‘Peace Curriculum’, a set of innovative resources, interactive games and learning modules that help our youth prepare to lead the world with compassion and competency to resolve conflicts and build peace. A meeting is proposed to discuss the types of resources needed, the funding models, the catalysts, the politics and the executional plan.

 

It is with faith, hope and love that this input is offered. Please contact me to discuss further, info@passionofchrist.ca

 

 

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