To all forum members: Criticism of priests
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Quote:<B>Canon 212:</B> <B>§1.</B> Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church.
<B>§2.</B> The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.
<B>§3.</B> According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, <FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00">they have the right <B>and even at times the duty</B> to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and <B>to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful</B>, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.</FONT>
There is due criticism and undue criticism.  If a priest holds a "clown Mass" then we have a <B>duty</B> because it is sacrilege.  The duty may include: speaking to the priest privately, speaking to the priest with several members of the parish, writing the bishop, writing Rome, but it may also include making the opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful that this priest is performing sacrilegous Masses.

If a bishop in a newspaper interview says, "Oh, missing Mass is no longer a Mortal Sin" then that certainly justly invites more public outcry than a priest who says "that isn't a sin" during a private Confession.

We're not supposed to sit quiet and "take it".   The difference between Luther, the Orthodox, and objecting to one of Cdl. Mahoney's love fests is that we don't intend to deny the Church as they did.  There is a difference between criticism / correction and rebellion.  There is no comparison.

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To all forum members: Criticism of priests - by Historian - 02-13-2009, 12:04 AM



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