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n this, our last newsletter for 2001, we want to wish you and your lovesd ones a joyous and healthy Christmas season.  Despite all the suffering and pain in the world, all of us have many reasons to be thankful. All of us associated with ARCC  are grateful to you, our members.  Many of you have been faithful supporters of ARCC since its inception twenty-one years ago.  Without you, we would not be able to continue this important work of Church reform, keeping the light of Vatican II burning.
Please take a minute to read the enclosed letter from Mary Lou Hartman, President of the Board of ARCC.  We have had a very busy year working with individuals and groups, in the U.S. and in Europe. We need your help to continue this important work and to continue to grow. If every member gives a gift, according to your means, I know we will be successful.  Please consider giving a gift of ARCC Light to a friend. See inside for our special Christmas offer.
As John Greenleaf Whittier said, "Somehow not only for Christmas/ But
all the long year through/  The joy that you give to others/  Is the joy that comes back to you."
John F. Sheehan
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decision affecting the diocese without consulting the priests and representatives of the people of the diocese" (February  1994). 
"In the past the Church made errors and mistakes, not on essential teachings but in reformable statements of the teaching Church.  It is refreshing to recognize and admit this and to acknowledge that we can grow in our understanding of the message of revelation and in the expression and application of the teaching of the Church, given to us by Jesus, to different times and different cultural expressions" (February 1992). 
Q.  Does the Bishop support the laity. . . ?
The Vatican was careful to ask if "the Bishop supports the laity in their proclamation of the Gospel in the secular order."  And certainly Bishop Lucker did, as is evident from his pastoral letters and statements.  What Rome was careful not to ask was if the Bishop also supports the laity in its role in the Church.  Lucker answered this in the affirmative all through his life.  His beliefs are most succinctly articulated in "The Laity in the Church," a pastoral letter written in April 1998, which could be a clarion call of ARCC.
"What does the Church teach about the role of the laity? ...The Constitution on the Laity emphasizes that the Church is the People of God.  All members of the Church, ordained and non- ordained, hear the same words of Jesus. ...The members of the Church of Jesus Christ are called the Body of Christ. ...God created all people, male and female, in his likeness. ...By our Baptism and Confirmation all members of the Church share in the life and ministry of the Church. ...All members of the Church share in the teaching office of Christ. ...All members of the Church are called and gifted by the Spirit for their ministry. ...All of the faithful have [a] right to be heard. ... The Christian faithful have a right to receive the spiritual goods of the Church... ." 
And that, dear friends,  is a Bishop after the heart of Papa John. 

Christine M. Roussel
ARCC Light is published eight times per year by the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church.  For membership information, contact ARCC, John F. Sheehan, National Coordinator, PO Box 85, Southampton, MA 01073 
Phone/fax 413 527-9929 
E-mail: arccangel@charter.net 
Suggested dues are $25.00 per year, and include a subscription to ARCC Light and a copy of ARCC's Charter of Catholic Rights.  ARCC Web site: http://arcc-catholic-rights.org/
Editor, ARCC Light:
Christine M. Roussel, PhD 
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Our readers are invited to join in our ongoing conversation about rights in the church.  We are anxious to learn of your experience and your ideas concerning our cause, the pursuit of justice in the church.  Write us at one of the addresses shown in the box at left.  We will be happy to publish letters judged to be of general interest.

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