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R O O T  &  B R A N C H

A FORUM FOR REFORM IN THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THAT

 STARTS WITH WOMEN
AND DOESN’T END THERE

We in Root & Branch wholeheartedly support Pope Francis’s Synodal Church process in its desire to walk together, listening deeply to each other, and to its stated aim to hear “every voice”. We want to help our bishops achieve this, and to enable conversations in our parishes, our deaneries, dioceses - and internationally as well.

Does your Diocesan Report reflect your parish or group submissions?

We owe it to Pope Francis to be as transparent as possible.

We’re delighted to share Diocesan and Parish submissions sent in by Root & Branchers.
Do send us yours.

CLICK HERE to go to our SYNOD WATCH page.

R&B DIY

Want reform in our Church? We can

Do It Yourself!

Root & Branchers are meeting up locally,

and also by Zoom,

to pray, share and work together

for an inclusive, just and safe Church.

8pm on the first Tuesday of the  month.

To be put in touch with others in your area,

click here.

NEWLY PUBLISHED

Click here (or click on image) for

Stolen Lives Resource, Stories and Videos

This freely available and downloadable learning resource is for anyone who wants to  understand more about the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and its impact on victims and survivors. It's for anyone who wants to heal the horrendous, ongoing wounds – physical, spiritual, institutional, reputational - of clerical abuse.  

Gerald Arbuckle SM, one of the people who inspired us to develop Stolen Lives and author of 'Abuse and Cover-Up, Refounding the Catholic Church in Trauma', (2019) told us  'It is unique. Nothing like it exists that so clearly articulates the tragedies that survivors have and are experiencing. Yet it is a document of hope. Readers are invited to journey personally and collectively to build a church in which these tragedies do not exist.'

OUR INCLUSIVE LAY-LED SYNOD*

concluded live in Bristol and online

5th - 12th September, 2021

The Bristol Text now also in Italian, Spanish and French
as well as a much praised Plain English version  

The Bristol Text now also in Italian, Spanish and French
as well as a much praised Plain English version  

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”But, now, look to that glorious garden which love planted, and gather to yourself every virtue in true humility and simplicity of heart. And although you find yourself among people of various states of mind, learn how patient divine goodness has been to us all…” Hildegard to the Monk Guibert (letter 106r, AD1176)

- St Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179,
Abbess and Visionary

Woman Walking in the Field

It is my dream you dream,

my house you build,