I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  (John 15:5)

An independent organization of concerned, committed Catholics, based in Pittsburgh, formed to affirm the laity’s rightful role of co-responsibility in the Church. Our focus is to bring about positive changes grounded in working collaboratively with the clergy and having the qualities of transparency, accountability, and competency.

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of concerned Catholics committed to the Church – the Body of Christ – to promote healing among all affected by the sexual abuse scandal and to instill a sense of co-responsibility between laity and clergy to restore trust through transparency.

OUR MISSION

We seek to give voice to Catholics who share deep concerns about our Church. Through constructive reform, not revolution, we seek to act in conformity with gospel values to make positive changes.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

We are bringing together committed lay people, religious, and clergy to work in a spirit of co-responsibility with our Church leaders and hierarchy to create a template for constructive reform to move our Church forward.

FOCUS GROUPS

Seven Focus Groups within CCOC allow its members to use their gifts, energies, and abilities to prayerfully and deliberately discern how best to effect positive change in our Church.

CCOC featured in national magazine profile article

CCOC is featured in a profile article within the July-August, 2020 edition of Liguorian magazine, a national Catholic publication focused on matters of the faith, practices, Christian living, and social justice. Rooted in the vision of St. Alphonsus and the Redemptorists, Liguorian has an optimistic view of the human person.

In the article, CCOC President Kevin Hayes and Vice-President Gretchen Jezerc are interviewed, and provide a brief history of CCOC, our organizational structure, and how our work has touched lives.

Being chosen by Liguorian to be profiled is affirmation and validation that CCOC, along with the many other lay groups that are a part of WATCH (We Are The Church) are making a positive difference in our Church!

 

A GATHERING IN JANUARY, 2020 ENERGIZES CCOC MEMBERS

Over eighty (80) CCOC members Gathered for an all-day event in January, 2020. There was time to discuss the current state of the diocese, parishes, and CCOC, identify priorities of needs within each of them, and consider planning initiatives and actions for 2020. The pandemic we are experiencing has slowed some of the initiatives, but not the enthusiasm for them! You are encouraged to read the Notes from the Gathering which captures the Spirit that was in our midst that day. After reading, please consider registering or joining a Focus Group!

CCOC PLANS UPDATE TO PUBLIC STATEMENT FOR THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF THE PA GRAND JURY REPORT ON CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE

CCOC will be updating its Public Statement from last year with a release of a complementary document on August 14, 2020, the second anniversary of the PA Grand Jury Report that shocked our Church with its revelations. Please check back to this website on that date to view the new document.

CCOC’s Public Statement on the first anniversary of the Release of the Grand Jury Report was released on August 14, 2019. In the Public Statement, CCOC reviewed what had happened in our Church in the past year, what was happening then, and what needed to happen in the future to sustain the Church in our diocese and across America.

WE BELIEVE

We believe that Catholics, lay and ordained, must walk together toward the holiness to which we are called by our baptism, and create a new culture of co-responsible leadership and governance that is transparent, accountable, competent, and rooted in the gospel values of justice and mercy. These positive changes are the only way forward to restore trust and safeguard the essential mission of the Catholic Church.

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CCOC invites you to join over 1,000 other CCOC members to find your own voice in our Church!

Please use the Mailing List Form below to sign up for email alerts and become a part of a movement to make positive changes in our Church.

If you want to register more fully, including to be a part of a Focus Group, please fill out our Registration form

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