Canon Law of the Eastern Churches, Canon 15, reads:
2. The Christian faithful are free to make known their needs, especially
spiritual ones, and their desires to the pastors of the Church.
3. In accord with the knowledge, competence and position which they possess, they have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the pastors of the Church their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard for the integrity of faith and morals and reverence for the same pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons.
Most Catholics are not aware that they have rights (and duties) under the provisions of Canon law.
So, what would you think if, in response to a parishioner’s good faith questions or suggestions, a priest (administrator) or pastor were to respond: “That’s non[e] of your business if i’m absent or present at the rectory.” And then proceeded to punish the parishioner. (This actually happened.)
We’re sure some parishioners have already experienced similar episodes with so-called pastors.
What do you think your response would be? Send us your comments.