One night in Corinth the Lord said
to Paul in a vision, "Do not be afraid,
but speak out and do not be silent;
for I am with you and no one will lay
a hand on you to harm you".

(Acts of the Apostles 18:9-10)

Catholics Speak Out
International Reforming Priests and Reform Groups, Chicago, October 2016. Three representatives: Marilyn Hatton (Catholics Speak Out), David Timbs (Catholics for Renewal) and Fr Ian McGinnity (National Council of Priests) from Australia ,together with USA, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Ireland, Argentina, UK representatives. Exploring an agenda for Reform to support Pope Francis' call for Christ's message of love, justice and mercy.

Who are Catholics Speak Out?

Catholics Speak Out (CSO) is an organisation of lay Catholics, sisters and priests working for the renewal of the Australian Catholic Church in the spirit of Vatican Council II and following the lead of Pope Francis. It is not a new organisation, but simply a name-change for what was previously Catholics for Ministry. Our emphasis is on speaking out on structural issues that are important for the renewal of Australian Catholicism.

We began in 2003 and have worked through awareness-building, speaking-out, petitions, research and direct action to realise and strengthen the spirituality and consciousness that Vatican II has brought to the church. We are actively working toward getting women into leadership positions in Catholicism, including renewed ordained ministry. Thus our inclusion of the Ordination of Catholic Women web page.

In October 2013 we joined with several other Catholic renewal organisations in forming an Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Renewal committing ourselves to the ACCCR Call. Moreā€¦

Please read our Annual Report to see what we have achieved over the last year.

Your donation will help us achieve our goals. Please donate.


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