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.

Interview with Joseph Healey in the “Anchor” Program (Catholic Church Reform Int'l -- CCRI Podcast Episode No. 6). 19 September, 2019. 29:05 minutes. Father Joe Healey, MM explains the growth of Small

Communities of Young People (YPSCCs). Often the starting point is not the Bible or faith but their present life experiences. We need to tap into young people’s hunger for community and their passion for social justice issues like climate justice, gun control

and diversity. A vast number of young people are moving away from the Institutional Church and finding that the best expression of their values and their Christianity is much more through social justice, climate justice, environmental issues, immersion programs, demonstrations (marches, protests, etc.) and other advocacy outreaches.. They want to share their experiences in some kind of small community setting. The future of the Catholic Church for today's Millennials and Generation Z may well include some model of Young People Small Christian Communities (YPSCCs). Available on: Peoples-Small-Christian-Communities-e5eli7