In this short commentary, Bishop Barron challenges some of the popular assumptions about the role of the laity. Referencing extensively the Vatican II documents, he brings clarity and insight into the complementary roles of priesthood and laity.
He addresses two questions put to him during the visit of Pope Francis to the USA in 2015 by commentators.
- Bishop isn’t it just a matter of simple justice – I mean why can’t women be priests? Let’s face it, men are management and the women do all the grunt work in the church and all the bishops are Republicans and all the nuns are Democrats.
Isn’t it kind of funny with the Synod on the Family coming up that people without families are the ones who are making all the rules for our families? What do the priests and bishops who were celibate know about family life?
Here are a few excerpts from his answers.