A Complementary Voice in Catholicism
As baptised Catholics, we have an authority and voice in Church matters that has too seldom been exercised and too often overlooked. It is based on our natural right as persons to participate in matters that concern us and, on our membership, (citizenship) of the Church through Baptism. My aim here is to clarify the grounds for this authority. My reason is that all Catholics, not just the clergy or hierarchy, should feel assured and confident that they have a voice in renewal and promotion of the ongoing evolution of our Church by right, not just by delegation or permission. The resulting expansion will be enormously enriching.