Many Roman Catholics were filled with hope fifty years ago
because of the mood of the council and the proposals made.
This optimism has dissolved in the 50 years since then.
In 2012, CWO is making a special
study of the Council. We encourage people to rediscover the
spirit of Vatican II with us.
Our first national meeting was
in London on Saturday, 12 May. Facilitated by Kathy Walsh,
we prayed and reflected and discussed together what we might
do differently. These are some of the ideas:
Transmit the best of the
Talk to one other person
about these ideas
Start a consciousness
raising process in our parish
Use social media more
Have solidarity with WATCH
and those working for women bishops in the Church of
Listen to those disturbed by
Issue a CWO statement in
support of Irish and Austrian priests - prayer for
solidarity with (silent) silenced priests in UK (see
home page banner)
Our second national meeting was
in Leeds on 27 October entitled "Receiving Vatican II and
us". Inspired by two excellent speakers, Fr Kevin Kelly and
Sr Catherine Houlihan (see video) we developed the following
We offer our thanks for the
opportunity to share our priesthood, concerns, pain and hope
for the future.
We pray for courage and
perseverance for ourselves and for others.
Help us to recognise the pain in
those who may not share our views.
May we be Christ-like in our
We offer our prayer in the
Spirit of Jesus Christ, our prophet and brother.
We pray that all the people of
God: women and men, lay people and clergy, enabled by silent
contemplation, will listen with mind and heart and be led to
compassionate and loving action.
The Church in which God delights
is something in which we should dream.
May it be a community where
people discover God's delight in them
May it be a place where
everyone's experience forms a theological library
May the church include each one
of us and be where we can contribute, to use our vision for
the fulfilment of others
God gave each of us gifts; let
us use them to bring about the future of the Church. Amen
Holy Spirit, we believe you are
continuing the work of Vatican II here and now in us. Help
us to witness and proclaim the signs of hope.
Holy Spirit, take us forward;
help us to remain optimistic, knowing that unless the seed
dies, your resurrection hope cannot blossom.
the country, people are joining in small groups to look at
these issues. Please get in touch if you would like to be
part of such a group and we will let you know if there are
like minded people in your area.
are PDF documents which may help you in your discussions:
on Vatican II
written by Myra Poole to be read in conjunction with her
paper below. These notes have been drawn up as a point of
reference for people to work from.
in their own House
given by Myra Poole at the launch of Stand up for Vatican
II in 2010.
Reception of Doctrine and the Sensus Fidei/Fidelium
briefing paper from St Joan’s Alliance.
Vatican's Tahrir Square
T. Kelly retired parish priest.