Catholics and the Storming of the U.S. Capitol

10 January 2021 The Catholic Church should be an example to the world in promoting justice, equality and peace – but it is not.

Under President Trump in 4 years we have seen the U.S.A. switch from being a leader of the democratic free world with respect for all peoples to being inward looking and with respect for only some of its own people. Some 50% of Catholics (including Cardinal Dolan of New York) supported President Trump, in part because of his Pro Life and Anti LGBTQ agenda, ahead of upholding the lives and dignity of the poor and vulnerable. 

As a people of faith, we reaffirm our commitment to Gospel values of non-violence and love of neighbour and we pray that the violence that unfolded on the Feast of the Epiphany will yield a new epiphany – where the Catholic community will work with ever more diligence to become the community of justice-makers that our baptisms call us to.

The Catholic Church is in urgent need of reform to set an example for justice, equality and peace in the world. The current hierarchical structures are more appropriate to an army than a Christian organisation. The monarchical clerical structure must change to include lay women and men in decision making at all levels. Otherwise  Catholic teaching on important global issues like the environment and social justice will not be accepted.  

Colm Holmes                                                 

Chair, We Are Church International                     


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We Are Church International (WAC) founded in Rome in 1996, is a global coalition of national church reform groups. It is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church based on the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit developed from it.