.- Bishop Joaquin PiÃ±a of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina said this week itâs not up to the bishops to say and do everything in the Church, because priests and the laity also must fulfill their roles.
Speaking on the principle of subsidiarity, âthe third pillar upon which the social doctrine of Church rests,â the bishop noted that it means that âa matter that could be resolve at a lower level should not be addressed at a higher one.â
Just as in a federal state the central government should not resolve matters that correspond to the provinces, âso in the Church, it doesnât fall to the bishop to say and do everything. Thatâs why we have priests and, why not, the laity,â he stated.
Bishop PiÃ±a said the rule of subsidiarity means âhelping, facilitating, so that somebody else does it. And not the opposite: absorbing or centralizing everything.â
For example, he said, in a diocese, âwe say that the parish must be a âcommunity of communitiesâ. It is not good to centralize everything. Of course, itâs obvious that harmony and good organization should prevail,â he added.