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Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

After public affirmation, Anthony Padovano holds aloft the American Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for the Offertory procession.
After public affirmation, Anthony Padovano holds aloft the American Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for the Offertory procession.
  1. Primacy of Conscience. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to develop an informed conscience and to act in accord with it.
  2. Community. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to participate in a Eucharistic community and the right to responsible pastoral care.
  3. Universal Ministry. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to proclaim the Gospel and to respond to the community's call to ministerial leadership.
  4. Freedom of Expression. Every Catholic has the right to freedom of expression and the freedom to dissent.
  5. Sacraments. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to participate in the fullness of the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church.
  6. Reputation. Every Catholic has the right to a good name and to due process.
  7. Governance. Every Catholic and every Catholic community has the right to a meaningful participation in decision making, including the selection of leaders.
  8. Participation. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to share in the interpretation of the Gospel and Church tradition.
  9. Councils. Every Catholic has the right to convene and speak in assemblies where diverse voices can be heard.
  10. Social Justice. Every Catholic has the right and the responsibility to promote social justice in the world at large as well as within the structures of the Church.

In depth theological and canonical background, rationale and implications for the Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities available at www.americancatholiccouncil.org.

Focus on FutureChurch

Summer 2011

 

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