The Midade in full preparation of his meeting of the International Bureau would like to pass on a very specific question that we ask ourselves in front of our reality:
- How to set up a joint chaplaincy of ISCAM (at least several movements) to ensure conducting a collective reflection on our forms of action? Our experience in Midade shows that the chaplain (single and voluntary) only has very few resources to implement his duties. This common chaplaincy could be composed of priests, but also of religious and lay people involved in our work and theologically trained.
Comment from Stefan Gigacsz
That is an excellent very practical "Back to the future" proposal from Michel. As I learned when I was studying canon law, a similar far-reaching proposal was made at Vatican II. You can find it in Presbyterorum Ordinis N° 10:
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Up to 2005 Iscam (International Specialized Catholic Action Movements) used to meet within the ICO conference. This organization was later dissolved, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCFL) only supported ecclesial movements and new communities. In June 2013, Iscam decided to resume their cooperation. In September 2014, they prepared a project with PCFL participation. In January 2015, PCFL denied his participation but Iscam decided to keep on cooperating by organizing a meeting in Paris on 22-23 May 2015. The Rome meeting is the followup of this meeting.
- Make more visible our way of being Christians in the world, inspired by specialized Catholic Action.
- Challenge each other, to better face the current challenges that require creativity.
- Conduct activities that can hardly be implemented individually, for example, presence in International institutions, real estate management ...