The inaugural convention of the American Catholic Council took place during June. It approved a 10 point bill of rights and responsibilities. The 2000 attenders were for the most part over 50, and educated to graduate levels. I hesitate to apply any collective term for such a group since I cannot find one which is not inherently judgmental. But their intentions seem clear: they wish to restore and develop the reforms of Vatican II, which they perceive as being threatened by the current hierarchy.
I reproduce their points here, and I would be interested to know how you view them. One of the problems of making such a judgment is that one cannot always be sure of the real agenda behind an item. For example, in the first point about conscience, it is not clear whether they are merely repeating orthodox Catholic teaching, or whether they are suggesting that a person may hold any view or perform any activity which is in accord with his conscience while remaining a Catholic in good standing. Anyhow, here is the list. And you can read some interesting context here.
Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
The introduction to the Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities cites the U.S. Bill of Rights and international documents on human rights to say that in joining the church, Catholics do not give up those fundamental human rights. In keeping with Catholic teaching that rights also involve responsibilities, it links the two throughout.
Its main text says that Catholic rights and responsibilities include:
1. Primacy of conscience. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to develop an informed conscience and to act in accord with it.
2. Community. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to participate in a eucharistic community and the right to responsible pastoral care.
3. Universal ministry. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to proclaim the Gospel and to respond to the community’s call to ministerial leadership.
4. Freedom of expression. Every Catholic has the right to freedom of expression and to the freedom to dissent.
5. Sacraments. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to participate in the fullness of the liturgical and sacramental life of the church.
6. Reputation. Every Catholic has the right to a good name and to due process.
7. Governance. Every Catholic and every Catholic community has the right to a meaningful participation in decision-making, including the selection of leaders.
8. Participation. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to share in the interpretation of the Gospel and church tradition.
9. Councils. Every Catholic has the right to convene and speak in assemblies where diverse voices can be heard.
10. Social justice. Every Catholic has the right and the responsibility to promote social justice in the world at large as well as within the structures of the church.