Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
ARCC  & Vatican2

 This site is maintained primarily for archival purposes as repository for documents created between 1994 and 2000.  Material pertaining to current events is primarily posted in our newest domain,

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Leonard Swidler, Ph.D., S.T.L., President, ARCC

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122,
Phone: 215.477.1080
Fax: Fax: 215.204.4569

Introduction to ARCC and Vatican2Articles, Statements, and Links Catholic Constitution
Press Releases Catholicism and World Religions Women's Ordination
Remarriage after Divorce Links for Process Catholics Webrings and E-mail
Present at the Start
3 November 2000, Milwaukee, WI
Reunion of Vatican II eyewitnesses: 
a major event sponsored by ARCC
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31 May 2000
Vatican continues to  persecute Sr. Jeannine Gramick:
ARCC MAY 2000 Media Release

ARCC Letter to be sent to US Bishops

Sr. Jeannine Gramick's Statement (23 July 1999)
Fr. Bob Nugent's Statement (14/15 July 1999)

Behold the Suffering of the Church!


The illustration on this page comes from a small pilgrim church in the village of Rinn near Innsbruck, Austria, dedicated to a little boy, Anderle von Rinn, who according to a local, libelous legend had been murdered by Jews. 
   The spirit of Pope John XXIII finally overcame the intolerant past, and Pope John Paul II is doing much to build bridges of mutual friendship.  Due to the efforts of Bishop Stecher, the chapel has now been cleansed of the reminders of  centuries of church - sponsored persecution of  Yeshua's people.

    But injustice in the Church has not yet ceased.  We blatantly discriminate against over half of humanity by continuing to insist that God can be properly addressed as Father but not as Mother and that  biology makes the daughters of Eve unsuitable for representing God in relation to humanity and for serving as public representatives of humanity before God.  Women  are second class citizens in the official Church. 
    This portion of the ARCC web-page is dedicated  to making public the plight of those who find themselves under attack for their understanding of what it means to be church in the spirit of Vatican II and for following the call of their conscience. Secondly, we hope to expose the actions of Church officials and other members of the Catholic community who disregard the Great Law of Love by denying due process and violating the human rights of the people of God--including, of course, fellow bishops, priests, and religious.

The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC) was founded in 1980 by lay and clerical Catholics in the wake of Vatican condemnations of such theologians as Edward Schillebeeckx, Jacques Pohier, and Hans Küng. The Association affirms that there are fundamental rights and corresponding responsibilities which are rooted in the humanity and baptism of all Catholics. In the same spirit, the Association seeks to put into practice the statement of the 1971 Synod of Bishops: 
While the Church is bound to give witness to justice, she recognizes that anyone who ventures to speak to people about justice must first be just in their eyes. Hence we must undertake an examination of the modes of acting and of the possessions and life-style found within the Church itself. Within the Church, rights must be preserved.
Hence, the goals of ARCC are: To institutionalize a collegial and egalitarian understanding of Church in which decision-making is shared and accountability is realized among Catholics of every kind. We are Church!
For snailmail membership and dues information, please contact: ARCC
PO Box 85
Southampton, MA 01073 Membership includes a subscription to ARCC Light and a (nicely printed) copy of ARCC's Charter of Catholic Rights
VATICAN2( is the e-mail discussion list for ARCC. Vatican2 was founded in spring of 1994 by Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University. Vatican2 is a network of those who wish to share and information in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and ARCC, that is, a turn toward: DYNAMIC understanding of reality, DEMOCRATIZATION of church and world, DIALOGUE with the other, and DIRECTING concern toward this world along with the interior life.

VATICAN2 E-Mail List 

The National Catholic Reporter is available on the World Wide Web as NCR Online

NCR's publisher Tom Fox gave our ARCC/Vatican2 Web site a fine review in his Spring 1997 bookCatholicism on the WebCatholicism on the Web (New York: Henry Holt, 1997). 

Articles, Statements, and Links In Memoriam Press Releases (1998-99) Catholicism and World Religions Women's Ordination Fr. Tissa Balasuriya Bishops' Statements A Church of Love and Compassion From our E-Mail List

Links to a growing number of documents 

Parishes and People in Pain

Additional Links to Relevant Sites

"Christ came to take away our sins, not our minds!"
ARCC Board 1996
"Ubi caritas et amor Deus ibi est"
Like our ecclesia semper reformanda this site is an eternally unfinished open-ended project in process!

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 ARCC/VATICAN2 Web-Site Editor: Ingrid H. Shafer, Ph.D.
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