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 a 70 year-old, active Cradle Catholic who just happens to be a woman. If Pope Francis can lead my Church through the darkness to full inclusion of women, he will have nailed the major miracle needed for sainthood. Isn’t it sad that the Church Jesus founded on equal love and respect for all of God’s children, continues to reflect such deep rooted exclusion and gender discrimination. It simply negates any claim to the principles of social justice. Over my lifetime as a Social Justice Catholic I have been discouraged, then hopeful, embarrassed, then proud as our leaders have argued points of inclusion – I hope to come to the end of the debate feeling embraced. As they say, “pray for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing”

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