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First of all I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those to whom I owe to be involved in the reflection started a few months ago in the Specialized Catholic Action Movements in order to ensure their more active presence in the Church and in the heart of the world.

                Shaped by the spirituality, the spirit and methodology of the Specialized Catholic Action since my earliest days, just like thousands of Christians throughout the world, benefiting from the huge richness of its international dimension, involved over the last twenty years in the restitution of all this contribution at the local, professional and ecclesial levels, I have immediately included all of today’s questions in those that I have where I am.

1.    Getting rid of our secret nature

Since we are convinced of the relevance of our pedagogy and our spirituality, it is urgent to express more clearly and with more determination our “know-how’s”. Our “theological scene” is the life of our contemporaries. Our source is this Jesus who has come so that we may all live our life to the full. Beyond being the leaven in the dough, we must know how to tell what the process of reappraisal of life changes for us and for the life of society.


 The preparation team had brought out, among the challenges to be taken up : the importance of the spiritual

- In the summary of the questionnaires proposed to the movements to prepare the July Colloquium a single affirmation appeared: “The reappraisal of one’s life and / or the link life-faith are funda-mental to all our movements”

- During the session, experts as well as movements have found a difficulty to express one’s faith. It is historically explainable but does not satisfy the movements any more.

Genesis of the reflection

It is following the initiative of the MIEC and of the JECI that this common reflection began. In effect, at the beginning of the year 2001, the MIEC and the JECI bring to light, in a context of crisis, the importance of thinking together about the future of movements.  Indeed, many movements experience difficulties: “recruitment” becoming harder, declining budgets, growing distance in their relationship with the hierarchical Church.

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.

Objectives of the cooperation between Iscam

- 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 ...

                In the cooperation process between ISCAM* (International Specialized Catholic Action Movements) initiated June 17, 2014, we gathered on 22 and 23 May 2015. We were hosted by JOC France at their headquarters. We had 3 main questions:

1 - What is the current relevance of our almost centennial founding intuitions? (Starting from human realities, option for the poor, working by, for and with the people, articulate faith and life ...)

2 - How do we stand in the Church with the changes after Council Vatican II and the message of Pope Francis?

3 - How to make this common heritage fruitful for the world today?