Wednesday, October 12, 2005

CIC 212

According to the Codex Iuris Canonici,
Can. 212 ß1 Christ's faithful, conscious of their own responsibility, are bound to show Christian obedience to what the sacred Pastors, who represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith and prescribe as rulers of the Church.

ß2 Christ's faithful are at liberty to make known their needs, especially their spiritual needs, and their wishes to the Pastors of the Church.

ß3 They have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.

Norman pointed out that this canon is good reason for us to write to His Grace (when he's back from the Synod) to make our spiritual needs known.

Since he is so concerned with catering to the needs of his faithful, particularly to youths, we ought to tell him that as his youths some of us need the indult to be given for the traditional Latin Mass.

That is, of course, he does not quote back the same Canon and say, "I am the sacred Pastor, I represent Christ, I declare and prescribe, and your job is to obey."


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