Canon 212

I felt it was incumbent upon me tonight to post the full text of paragraph 212 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Click the link to see the whole thing.

“Can. 212 §1. 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.

§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.”

The more you know… Also. per section 3 above, I possess the knowledge and competence. I could care less about the prestige.

Sorry to be cryptic. Much appreciation to Frank Walker, who’s site Canon212 is a daily reminder of this duty of all Catholics to keep things honest.

Sacred Heart statue, Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, Harrisburg, PA

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Have mercy on us!

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