The word "Catholic" means "Universal" and in the church we are all members of the Body of Christ.
Canon 216, No initiative can lay claim to the title "Catholic" without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.
If any Catholic Organization or business requests that you do not take issues of concern to a Catholic priest, to not question the actions of management, silences the Catholic laymen with legal threats, and is more concerned about the image of self then it is no longer a Catholic organization.
If any Catholic Organization or business is more involved in recognition, social acceptance, and the image of self in Church, then it is no longer a Catholic organization.
If any Catholic Organization or business uses the name "Catholic", but teaches Homosexuality and Abortion are NOT sinful then it is no longer a Catholic organization.
It is forbidden for Catholics to join secret societies that plot scandal against the Catholic Church and Holy See.
The holy mass is a time to reflect and connect to God. It is not a time to promote any particular individual, organization, and or business. We witness on many occasions that Liturgical volunteers will wear name badges during mass that represent an organization or business. Even items used in mass such as the chalice and communion cups will have a mark representing an organization or business.
Many archdioceses have adopted policy to refrain from calling attention to a individual, organization, and or business during mass. This would include wearing name tags or having a mark on mass items that represent a organization or business.
" Liturgical Leaders are to dress with modesty and dignity, in a way that respects the importance of the sacred liturgy and in a manner that does not call undue attention to the individual. "
Know Your Catholic Rights
Concerns of Canon Law violations must begin with your Priest and Bishop.
The 1983 Revised Code of Cannon Law includes a section titled "The obligation and rights of all the Christian faithful"
( Canons 208-223).
According to Canon 221, the faithful are specifically entitled to bring complaints and defend their rights in an ecclesiastical court. (Canon 221).
The Christian faithful can legitimately vindicate and defend the rights which they possess in the Church in the competent ecclesiastical forum according to the norm of law. If they are summoned to a trial by a competent authority, the Christian faithful also have the right to be judged according to the prescriptions of the law applied with equity.
The Christian faithful have the right not to be punished with canonical penalties except according to the norm of the law.
1) All Catholics have the right to express publicly their dissent with decisions of Church authorities (C.212:3, C.218).
2) All Catholics have the right to a voice in all decisions that affect them, including the choosing of their leaders. (C.212:3)
3) All Catholics have the right to follow their informed consciences in all matters. (C.748.1)
4) All Catholics have the right to engage in any activity which does not infringe on the rights of others. They have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association (C.212:2,3, C.215, C.223:1)
5) All Catholics have the right, while being mindful of Vatican Law and Gospel norms, to follow whatever paths that will enhance their life in Christ.(C.213)
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