As a faithful shepherd Fr. Goring immediately obeyed, as he must. God bless him for it. He gives us an example of how to behave when Holy Mother Church exhorts us to obey clear doctrines articulated by the pope and the magisterium in union with him. I wish more Catholic laity would obey Humanae Vitae, a clear, authentic teaching rather than the ear-tickling imprudent nonsense about global warming and immigration.
But now we, the laity, must take the battle in hand. Clergy and religious take a vow of obedience. Priests put their hands between the bishop and make a sacred promise to obey him (obviously in all things, but sin).
The laity do not take such a vow to either their pastor or their bishop.
We do have an obligation to practice obedience. Children are required to obey their parents, although once they become adults, parents' authority does not cover all areas of life. St. Clare ran away from her parents to become a cloistered nun. Her parents did not have the authority at that point to demand her obedience about the choice of her state in life.
The laity must obey God and we must obey Holy Mother Church in her doctrines and sacred traditions. We must obey Church laws. A wife owes obedience to her husband, although, once again she is not obligated to become a doormat or obey him when he urges her to sin. (Consider a husband pressuring his wife to abort their child.)
The laity also do NOT owe obedience to their pastors or bishops except when they are articulating Church doctrine authentically! I said this to a canon lawyer many years ago and he did not disagree.
|St. Jacinta pray for us, especially for "poor|
sinners" in danger of eternal fire.
May God give us all prudence and perseverance, but above all charity in the battle. It is all about saving souls, especially those who are in the gravest danger of hell which, sadly, includes many of those in the hierarchy. It wasn't for nothing that so many saints said the floor of hell is littered with bishops' skulls or miters. But just think of the power for good those converted bishops can become if they repent!
St. Jacinta, little apostle of love for souls on the brink of the abyss, pray for us. and help us imitate you in sacrificing for poor sinners.