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25 January 2017 Changing the Conversation (170509) Celebrating More Than 50 Years (170509) Conscience-Based Moral Judgments (170509) Dignitaries Humanae (170509) False Views on Jesus' Views on Divorce (170509) Mission and Human Rights (170509) Jesus and the Ordination of Women (170516) 29 May 2017 How much of Church Doctrine do we really believe? (170602) Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement (170602) 05 June 2017 Thoughts on Religious Vocations: An Open Letter to Pope Francis (170605) I can't get the institutional church out of my system (170618) 25 June 2017 Just War? Enough Already (170703) What would Teilhard say? Evolve or be annihilated (170710) Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (170719) Religion's Wax Nose (170726) American Civil Religion (170731) A Heresy of the Times (170807) Cardinal Calls for Global Church (170818) The Price of Being a Prophet (170821) The Implosion of the Roman Catholic Church (170902) Reflection on Racism in America (170913) Who am I? Where am I going? (170918) One Priest's Hopes for the Mass Translation (170925) The Edge of the Inside (171002) Selective Christianity (171016) Theology at the Cutting Edge: Healing the Political and Social Divide in America (171016) Resisting Islamophobia Is The Catholic Thing To Do. (171023) It Started With a Letter to the Archbishop (171030) Why Do We Still Tolerate Mass Stipends? (171106) Their Cross to Bear: Catholic Women Told to Forgive (171113) Papal loyalists become dissidents (171120) Echoes of Theocracy (171127) Will Pope Francis Remove the 'Warning'? (171204) Gumbleton on Nuclear Deterrence (171211) The Scandal of the 2011 Missal (171218)
ARCC News 2018
Prophets of a Future Not Our Own (20180101) 2018: Time to Become Ultra-Human? (20180118) Time for a Bonfire of Their Vanities? (20180122) Until All Are Welcome My House, My Rules: 3 Women "Rejected" (20180208) Policing the Communion Line (20180205) A Time to Judge (20180212) Mary McAleese Being Banned is Embarrassing (20180219) Correct, Don't Complicate Excommunication (20180226) Catholic Tradition, Labour, and Organizing Workers (20180305) Misogyny in the Vatican (20180312) The Unofficial Saint of the Internet (20180318) Francis Invites Change, But We Are the Change (20180325) Rediscovering the Role of Mary Magdalene as Apostle of the Apostles (20180401) Synodality and its Perils (20180409) Get rid of the clergy - But keep Holy Orders (20180415) Renewing the Program of Priestly Formation (20180429) Male and Female, in the image and likeness of God (20180506) Wedding Bans: Why Do Parishes Turn Young Couples Away? (20180513) Christian Humanism, the Path to the Divine (20180520) Mary - Prophet and Priest (20180527) A Wake-Up Call to Liberal Theologians (20160603) Canonization is right for Oscar Romero (20180610) Could the Church take a risk? (20180618) AJC expresses "Profound Concern" over beatification (20180624) The Bible's #MeToo Problem (20180701) 'Humanae Vitae' and the census fidelium (20180715) The Catholic Church wasn't always so against contraception (20180722) 50 years later, scientist's findings on birth control... (20180729) #MeToo, Your Excellency The Catholic Church needs a way to deal with bad bishops (20180812) The Catholic Church is tempted by power and obsessed with sex (20180819) Real change against abuse... (20180826) Pope Francis is facing a crisis of justice (20180829) Catholics Are Facing a Very Real Emergency (20180902) Truth and its violent consequences (20180909) The Third Millennial Catholic Reformation (20180917) Reality in an Historical-Critical Perspective (20180923) Both Prudential & Indisputable (20180930) Catholic Crossroads and Catholic Conflict (20181007) Schism or Evolution? (20181015) Theology: Stones or Bread? (20181028) White Christian America (20181102) Stone Throwing. Or Not. (20181104) Young People, Hope for the Church(es) (20181112) Who Represents the Laity? (20181118) Open Letter to the US Catholic Bishops: It's Over (20181125) From Collegiality to Synodality (20181203) The Birth of the Messiah (20181217) A Non-traditional Blessing for 2019 (20181231)
ARCC News 2019
Epiphany 2019 (20190107) Celibacy isn't the cause of the church sex-abuse crisis; the priesthood is (20190114) How to save Western civilization - again (20190121) Catholic curricula and the invisibility of Native Americans (20190128) Ministry and Power (20190204) A Document on Human Fraternity Our History The Reflection on the Wrath of God (20190224) Read Just One Speech (20190304) Why the Priesthood Needs Women (20190311) "Honest Rituals" argues for sacrament update (20190325) Stop Calling Me "Father" (20190401) The Sexual Abuse Crisis is not a Crisis (20190408) Palm Sunday 2019 (20190414) What Women Want (20190428) Targeting Pope Francis (20190513) Power Sharing Seen As Essential... (20190520) Pde Francis Dithering... (20190527) When the Sky Didn't Fall... (20190603) The Ancient Diaconate of Women (20190609) Bishop Bransfield and the Misuse of Funds (20190616) When it comes to Church reform... (20190624) We asked Catholic Church women if they... (20190630) Women in Christianity - Free to share their wounds (20190707) Can laypeople lead a parish? (20190714) Civility (2190721) Mary the Magdalen (20190729) Faithful America (20190804) Sacralizing Politics (20190811) Tackle Clericalism First (20190818) Failure Guaranteed (20190826) Divorce, Annulment & Communion (20190901) Human Nature & Human Sexuality (20190909) Climate Change Most Important Life Issue (20190915) Being An Open-Minded Believer (20190923) The Laity Hold the Key (20190929) Be Prophetic (20191013) Are You Satisfied With Priestly Ministry? (20191020) Racism - A Challenge to the Church (20191101) Irish Priests Call for... (20191104) McAleese Calls on Pope... (20191111) Top 5 Takeaways from the Amazon Synod (20191111) Thomas Doyle traces the disintegration... (20191202) We've been bishops in 3 Death Penalty states... (20191209) Spirituality (20191223)
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ARCC History



The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC) was founded in 1980 by lay and ordained Catholics in the wake of Vatican condemnation of such theologians as Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Kung. From its birth, ARCC has affirmed there are fundamental rights and corresponding responsibilities which are basic to the humanity of all baptized Catholics.

On March 17-20, 1980, 22 women and 10 men met in Milwaukee and ARCC was born. The first board met in October, 1980. The foundation stones of ARCC's reform work began with ARCC/Light (1981), the Charter of Rights (1983-85, with 32 rights identified) and a series of pamphlets on topics like the "reception" of doctrines, divorce and remarriage, dissent. Some of the highlights over the last 33 years are listed below:

1984 Advocacy network for Catholics whose rights had been violated.
1987 Catholic Bill of Rights published with commentaries on the original 32 rights of the Charter.

CTA launched by laity (inspired by bishops' 1976 Call to Action). European Network of reform groups established.


ARCC's lst Forum on "Rights in the Church" held in Washington, D.C. (others held in Chicago in 1992 and New York, 1995).


ARCC network of canon lawyers established.  


COR (Catholic Organizations for Renewal) established by 25 reform groups.


ARCC, with other COR groups, commissions Gallup Poll on US Catholic reform attitudes; revealed overwhelming support for reform.


ARCC Vatican 2 e-mail forum created.


ARCC booklet "Human Rights of Catholics- the Dream and the Reality" published.


Constitution for the Church, developed by Len Swidler, published, inspired by Paul VI's 1965 call for a constitution.


ARCC web site created.

 1996  International Movement We Are Church established.

Tissa Balasuriya excommunicated. ARCC sponsors his lecture at CTA.


New York Forum to commemorate 50th anniversary of UN's Declaration of Human Rights.


Booklet "Remarriage in Church after Divorce" published, as well as booklet on "Canonical Doctrine of Reception."' 


ARCC internet domain established.

ARCC joins international protest over Vatican censure of Jeannine Gramick and Robert Nugent (both former ARCC board members) for their ministry to gays and lesbians.


ARCC sponsors "Present at the Start. 2nd Vatican Council in their Own Words"- a reunion of Council eyewitnesses, as pre-conference event at the CTA.


ARCC hires a National Coordinator.



ARCC calls for a papal commission to investigate widespread sex abuse of nuns by Catholic priests.


ARCC protests Vatican attempts to silence Sr. Joan Chittister.


ARCC speaks out about destructive secrecy surrounding pedophilia cases.



ARCC launches International Movement for a Catholic Constitution at VOTF meeting.


ARCC calls for transparency, lay involvement and professional financial audit of all US dioceses after US Bishops approve their Charter for Protection of Children and Youth.


ARCC launches "Contact your Bishops Campaign," calling for dialogue, accountability and representation.


ARCC honors Hans Kung at  Hans Kung Award Dinner at Temple University.



ARCC launches petition concerning broad participation in selection of bishops.


National office closed, functions divided among the elected officers.  

2006 Jean Jadot, Apostolic Delegate to US, 1973-80,  recipient of Kung Award
2007 Joan Chittister, OSB, recipient of Kung Award

Geoffrey Robinson, recipient of Kung Award.


ARCC Spots began publication.


 Sheila and Dan Daley, recipients of Kung Award.


Last issue of ARCC/Light and of ARCC Spots


Thomas Gumbleton, recipient of Kung Award. 


ARCC active in American Catholic Council (ACC).


ARCCNews began in Oct. with about 200 original recipients.


Grant from American Catholic Council (ACC) to fund preparation for workshops on non violence.


John Hushon and Janet Hauter, co-chairs of the ACC, recipients of the Kung Award.


ARCC board votes to reduce full board meetings to once a year.


ARCC News, published twice a month, passes the 700 mark in subscribers.


ARCC proposes 2 bishop projects- 1) the recall of designated bishops and 2) lay participation in the election of bishops