Association for the Rights of Catholic in the Church: GATEWAY

          This is the gateway to a network of interconnected ARCC websites:

                    ARCC NET:  (OUR MAIN PAGE)
                    ARCC ORG:
and the original
                    ARCC site at  
(used now primarily as archive)

ARCC Mission and Goal

To bring about substantive structural change in the Catholic Church, ARCC seeks to institutionalize a collegial understanding of Church in which decision-making is shared and accountability is realized among Catholics of every kind and condition. It affirms that there are fundamental rights which are rooted in the humanity and baptism of all Catholics. To this end ARCC developed and works to implement a Charter of the Rights of Catholics in the Church and Proposed Catholic Constitution.


ARCC Origins

The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC) was founded in 1980  by lay and clerical Catholics in the wake of Vatican condemnations of such theologians as Edward Schillebeeckx, Jacques Pohier,  and Hans Kueng. The Association seeks to put into practice the statement of the 1971 Synod of Bishops: 

While the Church is bound to give witness to justice, she recognizes that anyone who ventures to speak to people about justice must first be just in their eyes.  Hence we must undertake an examination of the modes of acting and of the possessions and life-style found within the Church itself. Within the Church, rights must be preserved.

     Contact Information 

Patrick B. Edgar, D.P.A., President
patedgar_2005 at

Postal address 

Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
3150 Newgate Drive
Florissant, MO 63033

ARCC Phone:  877.700.ARCC (877.700.2722).

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Last updated 27 April 2010

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