Saturday, July 17, 2010

The right, the duty...

Did you know that the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church speaks clearly to the truth that lay Catholics have the right to express their views to their Pastors, as well as other Catholics? Here's a bit:

Can. 212, Sec.3 They have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.

Please keep praying for the parishioners and staff.


  1. This is all good and true but we still have this problem with speaking out against leaders of the Church. We tend to suffer in silence for fear of being uncharitable with our honesty. We need to overcome this thinking- we can be critical of leadership when the situation demands this. Remember that Jesus went into the temple and over-turned the tables!!

  2. Christian unity is not one of mindless submission and conformity. But here lies the importance of the welfare of everyone. We get very caught up in the administrative aspects of things and lose sight of the spiritual dimension of things. It makes sense to me to have a Holy Hour of discernment when it comes to major decisions.