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An Open Letter to the Editors of:
The National Catholic Reporter
The Tablet

From: Peter Elder Hickman,
Presiding Bishop of the
Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Subject: A Discussion on Reconciliation in Catholicism

Greetings to my dear sisters and brothers, friends and collaborators in the work of Catholic renewal! As the Vatican continues preparations for the upcoming Synods on the Family, there is a moment of enormous opportunity across Catholicism. As you know, Pope Francis has asked for input from all of the faithful. And, people have been responding to this invitation! The message from many corners has been to open up the dialogue and more actively include the voice of all of the faithful! For example, the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, noted that there was something profoundly wrong with asking "150 male celibates" to review the Catholic Church's teaching on family life. "The very idea of 150 people who have decided they are not going to have any children, not going to have families, not going to be fathers and not going to be spouses - so they have no adult experience of family life as the rest of us know it - but they are going to advise the pope on family life; it is completely bonkers." We were encouraged by the International Theological Commission' recent paper, The Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, which respectfully mentions Cardinal John Henry Newman's work on the need to consult the faithful on matters of doctrine, as well as the directive of Canon Law 212 #3, stating that the laity have the right and the duty to advise bishops on matters where they have expertise. There seems to be some openness among some for movement in these areas!

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Bp. PeterDear Brothers and Sisters,

There is something uniquely moving about walking the cobble stone streets that would have been familiar to Christ Jesus. I remember the first time I stood on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, touched the same olive trees as our lord in the Garden of Gethsemane, and saw with my own eyes where our faith tradition was born over 2,000 years ago. It was seminal moment in my spiritual life and a place I promised to return to again.

I am privileged to have that opportunity again as we lead a group through Israel and Jordan in the Spring of 2015. Please join me on an expertly guided tour of the Holy Land from a uniquely ecumenical and catholic perspective. Together we will walk the path first taken by a poor carpenter from Nazareth. I look forward to celebrating mass together and sharing this experience with you!

Bishop Peter E. Hickman

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