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

Regarding the issue of Diaconate for women the following was the editorial note I wrote introducing that story in our Church Citizens’ Voice on May 12th:

At last the talk in Rome is that we can start talking about women deacons in the Church. Till recently even the discussion was banned. So what is it all about? “Too little too late” tells it all. What is the great thing about male priesthood in the Catholic Church? It is that the priest can bring down the body and blood of Jesus on the altar through consecration which St. Augustin didn’t believe reportedly. Who did that first: Man or woman? It was Mary, a woman who gifted the living Jesus to the world, that too without the help of a man, which outsiders question. In this context think of the irrationality and absurdity of waxing eloquent on the superiority of Male priests who bring down Jesus which cannot be rationally or scientifically proved. Since there is no scientific approach or rationality on the part of the church it is a waste of time discussing these issues with the clergy for whom what counts most are biblical myths, religious myths or theological myths. These churchmen should stop paddling in two canoes. james kottoor, editor
dr. james kottoor
Editor in Chief Church Citizens’

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