Just yesterday morning the Editors at the National Catholic Reporter touted the importance of the sensus fidelium on the matter of women’s ordination.
Today, one day later, they published a piece that pretty much ignores an application of what they called for because it is wielded by the Cardinal Newman Society and people faithful to the Church’s Magisterium and hierarchy.
Yesterday, in support of women’s ordination, they wrote:
We must speak up in every forum available to us: in parish council meetings, faith-sharing groups, diocesan convocations and academic seminars. We should write letters to our bishops, to the editors of our local papers and television news channels. … We have heard the faithful assent to this in countless conversations in parish halls, lecture halls and family gatherings. It has been studied and prayed over individually and in groups.
The Cardinal Newman Society is well-known for its role in controversies over speakers and course offerings on Catholic campuses. Catholic college and university leaders who have come within the group’s crosshairs describe “blast communication” tactics that include waves of protest emails, letters and calls to bishops and college officials.
That looks to me like an implementation of what they called for in the previous paragraph.
Think: thousands of phone calls and emails from concerned, faithful Catholics across the fruited plain coming in to the bishop’s office and directly to the university. A great groundswell of faithful Catholics, individuals fed up with institutions that use their Catholic credentials to undermine the faith rather than promote and spread it, take it upon themselves to voice their displeasure.
On that phrase, “sensus fidelium,” Jeff Miller over at his Curt Jester blog helpfully offered, “While no Latin scholar by any stretch of the imagination I think the phrase just might have something to do with fidelity.”
Indeed. You *might* say the faithful who contact the bishop or the school are sharing the sense they have of what a Catholic institution ought to be and do.
I wonder why the Editors at the Reporter don’t congratulate the good people at the Cardinal Newman Society for their effectiveness at spurring-to-life the sensus fidelium in defense of what these members of the laity think is authentic Catholicism.