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.

Women in the Church articles


I am Catholic and I value my faith (Jesus and the gospel messages) I have studied religion and theology and continue to read widely on matters of faith and religion. I have not always seen eye to eye on all church teachings but have tried to find a way forward and though all the man-made details by focusing on my faith and what is truth to me but… I lost respect for the Pope when he banned discussion on the topic of Women’s ordination. What sort of dictator does that? My opinion was reinforced as faithful people were threatened with excommunication or made to retire from the ordained ministry for discussing it. I lost respect for the then bishop of Australia when he suggested ‘counselling workshops’ for women who were having difficulty coming to terms with the Pope’s decision and the church’s teaching on Women’s ordination and the role of women in the church. As if counselling would help us come to terms with the fact that the church is sexist and out of touch with what it means to be a baptised person of Christ. I have not regained this respect and I no longer respect many of the church’s teachings or teachers (hierarchy) due to this and many other issues in the church that exclude, diminish or threaten the message of love and acceptance that Jesus so obviously gave. Jesus came that all may have life and have it to the full. The way I see it is that if a group of men want to entirely ignore the voice and spirituality of women by following man-made rules, then women have every right to ignore the voice and ‘spirituality’ of the group of men and the rules that they follow. In fact, unless the church speaks of love and inclusiveness and actually models it, I am not interested at all. It may as well blow in the wind.

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