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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?

International Catholic movements are currently strengthening their cooperation regarding the presence in international institutions, thematic reflections, speaking out .... These movements have a long history associated with specialized Catholic Action, and had a strong influence in the society as well as in the Church. They are now living in a very different context compared to their origin. Are they still relevant today? What is their charism compared to lay movements born after the council? We will address this issue at our meeting on 22 and 23 May 2015.

1 Back on recent history and analysis.

In June 2014, Pax Romana ICMICA meets PCL (Pontifical Council for Laity): it seemed open to new relationship. In October 2014, we ask to attend the conference organized in November. PCL replied that it was a special meeting for new communities, but proposed to do something special for us. In November, a first project was discussed with the PCL officer in charge of associations. But in January, final negative answer, they just want to meet us individually, under our request.

On 17 June 2014, we – the international leaders of the International Movements of Catholic inspiration, comprising IMAC, ICYCW, MIJARC, IYCW, WMCW, Pax Romana, and MIAMSI – gathered in Paris. The purpose of our meeting was to renew old ties grown distant with time.

The event provided us with a number of opportunities; we were able to take time to get to know each other, and to share the lives of international organizations today, but also to look to the future, and to outline our plans for long-lasting collaboration.