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LUMEN GENTIUM , 1964
"Lay people, by reason of the knowledge, competence
or outstanding ability which they may enjoy,
are permitted and sometimes even obliged
to express their opinion on those things which concern the good of the Church .
When occasions arise, let this be done through the organs erected by the Church for this purpose.
Let it always be done in truth, in courage and in prudence,
with reverence and charity toward those who by reason of their sacred office represent the person of Christ."
An example of the above
is the letter of prominent layman Peter Johnstone re Bishop Bill Morris - in this file (Feb 7)
Note the tone of "truth, courage, prudence, reverence and charity" in Peter's letter
But also note: Peter did not express his opinion "through
the organs erected by the Church"
- "The Catholic Weekly", "The Catholic Leader", "The Record"
These "organs", correct me if I'm wrong, have not
given even the tiniest mention to Judge
Fr Ian Waters' report, or the ABC radio interview with Judge Carter - because they are not allowed to.
They are not allowed to mention the number one topic being discussed these days by informed Catholics.
The conclusion is: the Catholic papers are only for the less-well informed.
Freedom of the press in Australia?....not if you're the editor of a Catholic paper
(which is why so many Catholic editors have resigned in recent years)
Peter's letter would not have been published in the Catholic
"Not allowed'' (...I'd love to be proved wrong...).
These "organs" are censored from playing any music that certain Church
leaders don't want to hear.
Even though "the good of the Church" is the score,
the same leaders don't want to face the music
Jesus, please bless the whole Orchestra with harmony!
Background: Peter's previous published comment