The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

§2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.


§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.


We the people of faith speak out because we can no longer be silent and recognize that it is our duty to do so. Our beloved Roman Catholic Church is in need of major reforms in ordinary teachings to face the challenges of the Global Age. Speaking of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis wrote a letter to families in which he said: “This important meeting will involve all the People of God — bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world — all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer.

Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to hear from us. If you are already in a Small Christian Community or meeting locally with others in your community, let us know what conclusions you’re reaching and what your needs are from the Church

Pope Benedict called on the need for “global political authority” to solve global challenges. None is greater than bringing the ordinary teachings of Roman Catholic tradition in line with the knowledge and wisdom of the 21st century. And when he was still a cardinal, he said “There are many possible ways to decentralize the governing functions of the Church.”

Now Pope Francis is saying much more:

I know that you are looking for change, and not just you alone: in my different meetings, in my different travels, I have sensed an expectation, a longing, a yearning for change, in people throughout the world.Let us know what change you and/or those attending your meeting would like to see.

I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful.” If you have wounds caused by the church, and they are still open, share with us now what it would it take to heal them?

Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads . . . to those who have quit or are indifferent.” If you have left the church or feel apathetic toward its teachings, tell us what it would take to bring you back.

Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.Share with us if this aspiration from Pope Francis is your experience of the Church as it currently is? Is there any area that could be improved?

I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.” Do you share this sentiment of Pope Francis? Share your views and/or those of your community regarding our church becoming more ecumenical.

Pope Francis speaks of the need for the faithful to speak out in the matter of reform. The People Speak Out represents the voice of the faithful responding to his call. The People Speak Out is a global virtual platform open to believers of all faith traditions who have a vested interest in a reformed Roman Catholic Church … to speak out … and in the speaking out build an online global community joining with other like-minded folks of faith to make that happen.



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