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September 27, 2005

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Call for dialogue with Pope following controversial meeting

-27/09/05

The international movement We Are Church has welcomed the unexpected meeting of Pope Benedict XVI with the critical theologian Professor Dr. Hans Kung on September 24th in Castel Gandolfo.

The movement has suggested that the meeting was absolutely necessary as a sign of reconciliation, following the Pope's meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay, successor of the excommunicated Marcel Lefebvres, in Castel Gandolfo on August 29th.

The international movement said it hoped that the Pope would also start a dialogue in the near future with the many reform groups who had also been working for the renewal of the Roman-Catholic Church in the tradition of the Second Vatican Council and the theology based on it.

We Are Church - a world-wide reform movement within the Roman-Catholic Church - wrote a letter to the new Pope Benedict XVI after his election and asked him for a personal meeting.

Amongst other things the letter asked "for a personal meeting to launch an open, broad, constructive, and mutual dialogue".

"For it is only if we all, church leaders and the People of God, work together - jointly and constructively in a true spirit of cooperation - can the challenges of the future be dealt with successfully" the letter stated.

Following the official announcement of the meeting between Pope Benedict and Hans Kueng the Movement said it now hoped the Vatican would acknowledge recipt of their letter and show its readiness for a dialogue with reform groups.

We Are Church was started in Austria in 1995 with a church referendum. As a reform movement within the Church We Are Church aims at the renewal of the Roman-Catholic Church on the basis of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).

It is represented in more than twenty countries on all continents.

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Call for dialogue with Pope following controversial meeting

-27/09/05

The international movement We Are Church has welcomed the unexpected meeting of Pope Benedict XVI with the critical theologian Professor Dr. Hans Kung on September 24th in Castel Gandolfo.

The movement has suggested that the meeting was absolutely necessary as a sign of reconciliation, following the Pope's meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay, successor of the excommunicated Marcel Lefebvres, in Castel Gandolfo on August 29th.

The international movement said it hoped that the Pope would also start a dialogue in the near future with the many reform groups who had also been working for the renewal of the Roman-Catholic Church in the tradition of the Second Vatican Council and the theology based on it.

We Are Church - a world-wide reform movement within the Roman-Catholic Church - wrote a letter to the new Pope Benedict XVI after his election and asked him for a personal meeting.

Amongst other things the letter asked "for a personal meeting to launch an open, broad, constructive, and mutual dialogue".

"For it is only if we all, church leaders and the People of God, work together - jointly and constructively in a true spirit of cooperation - can the challenges of the future be dealt with successfully" the letter stated.

Following the official announcement of the meeting between Pope Benedict and Hans Kueng the Movement said it now hoped the Vatican would acknowledge recipt of their letter and show its readiness for a dialogue with reform groups.

We Are Church was started in Austria in 1995 with a church referendum. As a reform movement within the Church We Are Church aims at the renewal of the Roman-Catholic Church on the basis of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).

It is represented in more than twenty countries on all continents.

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