Bullying the Faithful

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 13, 2018   

Catholic Catechism: Laymen have "a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion"

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Even though canon law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church both tell the owner of the Catholic news site InfoVaticana that he can and must speak up on religious matters, he's finding out that those in authority won't allow it.

The story broke last week of attempts by the Vatican to suppress Gabriel Ariza Rossy, featured above, allegedly because of his no-nonsense reporting on the corruption in the Spanish Episcopal Conference. Rossy is clear that the trademark lawsuit initiated by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cdl. Pietro Parolin, is "a political prosecution because we talk about corruption in the Spanish Episcopal Conference."

Paragraph 907 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, however, cites canon 212 clarifying that Rossy has the right and duty to report the truths that affect the Catholic Church:

In accord with the knowledge, competence and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors 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.

This right to speak up as an informed Catholic layman on matters of spiritual importance is cited by Rossy on his website.  The stated objectives of his in-depth reporting as per his website include efforts to "deepen the denunciation of Christianophobia and the corruption that the Church uses, the rejection of the totalitarian impositions of the powerful LGBT lobby and the support of our brothers, the persecuted Christians." To silence him the Vatican has hired a powerful pro-homosexual law firm that has ordered Rossy to hand over his website's domain within six months or face a lawsuit which would surely bankrupt his small organization.

Watch the panel discuss the abuse of Church authority to silence faithful Catholics in The Download—Bullying the Faithful.

 

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