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.

I fully agree with the conclusions of the ST. Specially with “We need to create a new mindset in the people”.

1. This is however a very huge work to do. We will have to help the Christian Communities to RE-THINK : Jesus’ plan, our human and Christian mission in the world, our way of celebrating and praying, even our faith (giving much more importance to Jesus risen and rising us up).

2. But this is necessary in order to get the adult, participative, democratic, fraternal… communities, able to enter into the “discernment process”, where they are in capacity of “judging by themselves what is just” (Lk 12 57), not as silent followers to what they have be trained during centuries.

3. For this huge work of EMPOWERING the Christian Communities we are not alone. In the quoted web site on “Small Chr. Communities”, I discovered the (american) Alliance of Parishes Restructuring into Communities”. Is this organization still ‘alive’ ? Could they not inspire our ST ? be included in the preparation of the 2018 Synod ?

4. Fortunately this re-thinking and discernment has already begun, “real change is already happening” as you say. In the Church but also in the world : democracy, participation, fraternity, co-operation (even in management) are progressing. I like to say : the world is pregnant of the Reign of God.{jcomments on}