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Association for the Rights

Catholics in the Church

  P. O. Box 6512      Phone 406-544-5527          Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  Helena, MT  59604                                        


Joseph Boyle, M.A.
Patrick Sullivan,  DPA, M. Div. (Pres)
Earlene Mara, M.A.  C.A.G.S.

William Slavick, PhD.
Leonard Swidler, Ph.D, (Emerit.)

John A. Dick, Ph.D, STD (V.P./Treas)
Caridad Inda, CHM.,  Ph.D

Dawn Edgar,  MPA (Sec.)
Annaliese Sinnott, Ph.D.
Barbara Linen, SHCJ

Archbishop Christophe Pierre
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D. C.  20008-3687

Dear Archbishop Christophe Pierre,

We choose to add our support for Pope Francis in his Amoris Laetitia.  We challenge the statement issued on December 8, 2016, supporting the four cardinals who contend that the teaching of the Pope is contrary to the traditions of the church.  The challenge by these individuals suggests that Catholics cannot be expected to “undertake this doublethink.”  Rather, we offer that Catholics continue to exercise their right to primacy of conscience. 

We have long held that the People of God have a right to discern when they are in good standing and allowed to fully participate in the life of the church.  This is not a matter to be taken lightly.  It is a matter of preserving the dignity of the individual in keeping with the message of Jesus of Nazareth. 


Patrick B. Sullivan, DPA
Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC)

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