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Role of the laity

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I want to congratulate Pauline Connelly on her excellent article ‘Laity urged to find its voice’. I too feel frustrated by the attitude of some leaders in our Church and hope that other readers of The Southern Cross have taken notice of Pauline’s message.

Without being offensive and with well-chosen precise words she has hit the nail on the head regarding the present role of dedicated lay people in the Church.

It’s not just me; from time to time I have had conversations with caring priests who feel the same. The lack of action is so disappointing when many of the Pope’s comments are pointing the way to increased and effective involvement from the laity.

I feel strongly that greater inclusion of the laity in the Church should be high on the list of topics to be discussed at the Plenary Council.

Leon Holmes, Mount Pleasant

The will of God

I recently heard a politician on the radio repeatedly state that it was his job to do the will of the people. Democracy has its flaws as demonstrated when the will of the people or a very vocal minority, conflicts with the will of God. The current demand for unfettered abortion and euthanasia come to mind.

People can be ignorant and misguided.

A written request to Hitler from a father seeking to have his disabled son euthanised was used by Hitler to justify euthanising large numbers of disabled persons in Germany. Only pressure from the Church and the German people brought this to an end. (The Nazis – A Warning from History by Laurence Rees.)

A legal demand (in Roe v Wade) made by a mother for an abortion (which proceedings were later regretted by her) opened the door to wholesale abortion in the USA.

This is where Christian politicians need to show leadership and courage to live as they pray ‘Thy will be done’.

Cooperating with evil should not be an option.

Cynthia Zacest, North Adelaide

 

 

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