54,104 women and men from all continents signed the petition "For the full recognition of the decrees of the Second Vatican Council" online or on paper lists. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, however, is not ready to receive petition and signatures in order to start a dialogue with the initiators of the petition. Even the Apostolic Nuntius’ intensive efforts of mediation were not successful.
The response to the petition went far beyond the German-speaking countries and showed nearly twice as many signatures than the campaign “Yes to Benedict” which started at the same time; this signifies a vivid hope for a Church that is open to present issues and that recalls the central importance of the incarnation of God as well as an “aggiornamento”.
The efforts to translate the reforms into action which were started by the Second Vatican Council still meet strong support inside the Roman-Catholic Church – as regards content and numbers. The signatures for the petition, which is now available in 14 languages, originate from 80 countries on all continents.
One crucial success of the petition is its contribution to increase awareness of the Second Vatican Council with its decrees and above all, its reform spirit. The Council had been opened by Pope John XXIII in 1962 and concluded in 1965 by Pope Paul VI.
Nearly 50 years after this reform council, facing many urgent pastoral problems, Catholics all over the world are ready to renew theological research and pastoral practice on the basis of the Council’s reform spirit. They do so, referring to Pope Paul VI, who pointed out during the Council’s final speech on December 8, 1965, the binding nature of the Council and demanded the realization of the reforms started by the Council exactly in this spirit.