The other day I received a letter at my parish addressed to the “co-chair of the parish pastoral counci.” (Co-chair? We don’t have a co-chair. I am vice chairman; the pastor is chairman.)
Anyway, it was from the local Voice of the Faithful chapter asking me to put in the parish bulletin an announcement of some inane lectures. What takes me aback is that they sent it to me. I’m not the pastor. When you want something in the parish bulletin, you send it to the pastor. The lay members of the parish council are not officials or officers of the parish with administrative duties (or shouldn’t be).
What I think it shows is an anti-clerical bias, trying to work around priests, especially those who might not be sympathetic to their views. Sorry folks, but not going to work in my parish.