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 want to tell anyone who will listen how absolutely I disagree with the Roman Catholic Church’s position on women. I have been a practicing Catholic for all of my 73 years but with each year I get closer to leaving over this issue. My wife says give Pope Francis a little more time on this issue but I have my doubts he will change the issue in my timeframe.

In my humble opinion, women should be welcomed into the priesthood as well as all other positions in the hierarchy. The Catholic Church would be much better for the change and the balance that women’s input would give to our faith doctrine and liturgy.

I recently said I do not understand how women have accepted this injustice for so long. As more than 50 per cent of the practicing Catholics, they have the power to bring the Church to its knees if they would only stand up and demand change! If women en masse withdrew financial and physical support of the parishes in North America and Europe, I am convinced the hierarchy would beg women to come forward to the priesthood.

Let’s hear some commitment for action from all women!

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