Full position statement and addresses of Cardinal-Electors available at www.futurechurch.org
"Given the power struggles that resulted after Pope Benedict tried to address Vatican financial scandals and clergy sex abuse, it is clear that reform of Church governance is desperately needed," said FutureChurch executive director, Sr. Christine Schenk.
"Somehow, we've got to help the Roman bureaucracy remember they are there to serve the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, " said FutureChurch board member Mary Louise Hartman. "Millions of Catholics have no access to the most sacred gifts of Catholic life, the Eucharist and the other sacraments."
"Canon law tells us that Catholics have a right to the Mass, but in countries like Brazil, eighty percent of all Sunday services are services of the Word because there are no priests. This has got to change," said Schenk.
"We have an obligation under canon law to 'make our views known on matters concerning the good of the church,'" said Hartman. "So we are asking our members and supporters to write the Cardinal Electors immediately and offer their views about what is needed for Papal Leadership in the 21st Century."
Sister Chris Schenk, FutureChurch Staff, Board Members in Rome during Conclave. FutureChurch's March 14-21 pilgrimage to archaeological sites of early women leaders in the Church sold out three months ago. Sr. Chris will lead the pilgrimage as planned and will be in Rome She will be available by email and cell 216-513-3647. Calls from U.S. require international access of 011-1 In Italy the access is 00. For pilgrimage info http://pilgrimages.com/futurechurch/ March 11-28 .