Why CTA?

The local Washtenaw Area CTA is a chapter of the National Call To Action organization. Call To Action is an organization of progressive-minded Catholics committed to working for change in the Catholic Church at the grassroots level.

It is a response to the challenge of the Second Vatican Council, held between 1962 and 1965, for all members to scrutinize the signs of the times; and respond in the light of the gospel. The council provided a wake-up call for lay Catholics who had tended to defer initiatives entirely to the clergy.

 

1990 CTA Call for Reform

We appeal to the institutional church to reform and renew its structures.

We also appeal to the people of God to witness to the Spirit who lives within us and to seek ways to serve the vision of God in human society.

We call upon church officials to incorporate women at all levels of ministry and decision-making.

We call upon the church to discard the medieval discipline of mandatory priestly celibacy and to open the priesthood to women and married men…so that the Eucharist may continue to be the center of the spiritual life of all Catholics.

We call for extensive consultation with the Catholic people in developing church teaching on human sexuality.

We claim our responsibility as committed laity, religious and clergy to participate in the selection of our local bishops, a time-honored tradition in the church.

We call for open dialogue, academic freedom, and due process.

We call upon the church to become a model of financial openness on all levels, including the Vatican.

We call for a fundamental change so that young people will see and hear God living in and through the church as a participatory community of believers who practice what they preach.