The Catholic Integrated Community (CIC) is an association within the Catholic Church. Her membership is made up of laity and priests, families and singles. The origins are to be traced back to the time directly following the Holocaust and the Second World War.

The CIC seeks to be a place where people can live the fullness of Christianity with a modern approach to faith and reason. The CIC is financially independent and all of her activities are privately funded.

The CIC is recognized in dioceses in Germany, Austria, Italy and Tanzania as an Apostolic Association according to Canon Law.

From the Statutes:

“The Catholic Integrated Community tries, in a world estranged from the Church, to make the Gospel present in such a way that those whose path has led them away from the Church can find new access to the faith of the Church.

Part of the purpose of the CIC is the translation of their experiences into Catholic theological expression, especially donating to the discussion and further expression of a Theology of the People of God and the common roots of the Jewish Christian Revelation. Those who belong to the CIC share their lives and commit themselves in many different ways in different areas depending on their talents and their vocation.”

It all begins in the birthplace of the National Socialist Movement in Germany, in Munich, directly following the Second World War. Young people from the Catholic youth movement are gathering around Traudl and Herbert Wallbrecher and a priest, Aloys Goergen. They are driven by the question of how to continue as Christians after the tragedies of the Holocaust and the war. – Auschwitz demands a reform of Christian thought, life and works.

In the midst of the eventful times in church and society, artists and craftsmen, students and families join the young group. With their own hands and their own money, they transform a little mountain cabin into a bigger house to meet for the liturgical feasts – Easter, Pentecost, Christmas. They study writers, philosophers, Jewish and Protestant theologians. They experiment with new songs and texts, written by themselves, they perform the works of Beckett and Sartre, and seek new liturgical forms. Everything is questioned. Naturally, this emphasis on experimentation must also lead to crises. And they discover something new and unexpected: Christianity is not some ordinary religion, but rather an enlightening faith, which we owe to the Jews, because Jesus was not a Christian, but a Jew.

The challenge “How to practice Christianity in everyday life” is no longer a theoretical question. Beginning in 1964, the group meets in Munich to celebrate Sunday Mass, to give lectures, to write and print their own publications. They come as a group from the mountains into the city – from feast day to everyday life. For several years, they publish a journal, “Die Integrierte Gemeinde” (The Integrated Community), which is how they got their name.

They pay for everything by themselves and intentionally place themselves outside of conventional church structures (church tax, parish centres), to remain free and independent, in order to live and act entirely in the world and entirely in God at the same time. – How does that work?

In 1978, the Cardinals Joseph Ratzinger of Munich and Freising and Johannes Joachim Degenhardt of Paderborn legally recognize the Integrated Community as an association within the Catholic Church.

Academic Chair

In 2008, a chair for the "Theology of the People of God" was initiated at the Papal Lateran University in Rome. The theological discoveries and the practical experiences of the CIC find expression there in academic theology.

www.popolodidio.org

Theological Correspondence Course: “The Jewish-Christian Profile”

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the Chair at the Papal Lateran University will offer a two year post-graduate course of studies for the Theology of the People of God in English. The German course of studies started in fall 2016.

Information and Application

Forum for Current Affairs

In the Forum for Current Affairs a small group of politically interested individuals meet to look behind the major headlines of the world's news to seek the causes, connections and perspectives. In addition the forum serves as a platform for exchange and inspiration, information and debate. There is no specific party affiliation, but a preference for more grounded perspectives going beyond the political arena including literature, films or other media resources.

Catholic Integrated Community in Tanzania

The development of an Integrated Community in Tanzania began in 1977, when the Tanzanian Bishop Christopher Mwoleka came to visit the Community in Munich. In the following decades of intense exchange between Germany and Tanzania many young Tanzanians received education in academic and vocational areas. Economic initiatives in the areas of agriculture, dairy production, butchery, bakery, carpentry and forestry were developed. Wells were dug and the electricity in the area improved.  Today, Tanzanian members of the CIC in Mikese Morogoro run a kindergarten, a pre-school and a primary school as well as a boarding school for girls. 

Since 1992, the Parish of St. Nikolaus along with 4 affiliated outposts and approximately thirty Small Christian Communities have been built up in the area.

Circle of Friends

People who find the work of the CIC of value may join the Circle of Friends of the CIC. They support the different initiatives financially and with personal service. The Circle of Friends hosts meetings regularly.

The Circles of Friends are located in different cities in different countries. Please contact the Munich group for more information: foerderkreiskig@gmail.com
(Chairman: Erich Henkel)

House for Feasts and Meetings

Since 1953, the Community has built and enlarged a house for feasts and meetings in the Bavarian Alps. This house is closely connected to the history of the CIC. In this context it is used for meetings, seminars, festive occasions, exhibitions, theatrical productions and more.

St. Anna Schools

Since 1977, the St. Anna School Group has been running two private schools in the Munich area: The Guenter-Stoehr-Gymnasium (high school) in Icking and the Reinhard-Wallbrecher Primary School in Solln.

www.st-anna.eu/en

The Association of Priests

Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt of Paderborn established the Association of Priests serving Catholic Integrated Communities in 1982. Thus Bishops can free priests for the service within the CIC. According to the statutes priests of the CIC practice an occupation in addition to their priestly service to ensure an economic independence.

Theologica 3 – English Edition

 

'Teologa' del popolo di Dio. Gertraud Wallbrecher (1923–2016)

 

  •  Contributions by Ludwig Weimer, Bernhard Koch, Gerhard Lohfink, Peter Zitta, Angelika Matzka, Birgit Jaklitsch, Bruno Alber et al.

 

  • From reflections, letters, addresses and public speeches by Traudl Wallbrecher

 

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