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

Dr Trish Hindmarsh says:


Women are not treated with equal dignity by the Catholic Church because they are deemed unfitted for priesthood, high office and decision-making, SIMPLY ON THE GROUNDS OF THEIR GENDER. How can the Church expect to be taken seriously when it continues to officially endorse exclusion of women in this way? It prevents the Church from being a shining light of truth and justice to give hope to all those women still being brutalised, abused and ignored in many cultural settings across the world. We as Catholic Church should show the way in this, fully open to women’s vocations to serve, and not be lagging behind; Jesus would not want this.

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