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.

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What about mixed marriages? For example a dear friends of mine, both highly educated professionals, he is a very deeply Catholic and she open minded and deeply Episcopal … many decades in a strong and stable marriage. He prefers the Catholic Mass, feels strongly about the doctrine of transubstantiation … feels deeply nourished by this understanding of Eurcharist. It offends his wife’s sensibility that she is judged not “good enough” to receive communion in the Roman Church. “Who are they to judge she proclaims?” So she feels uninvited. Yet each Sunday he has a choice. Attend his own church on his own, or attend his wife’s church to receive communion with her.
Pope Francis and Bishops can you hear us, something is very wrong with that picture. I dare say Jesus would not speak kindly of such a legalistic mentality that forces a man to choose between his church or his wife on Sundays.{jcomments on}