On Consulting the People
Should the Church—Christians acting as such, especially those in authority—heed the cry of the people? Less rhetorically, should the Church be guided by public opinion?
The answer, of course, is “sometimes.” The people are guided by their needs, but also by their obsessions and illusions, and they ask for good things, bad things, and things that don’t matter much. So what is popular is sometimes right and sometimes wrong.
They’re also guided negatively, by the topics they avoid. Not talking can mean no problem or a big problem. People usually don’t ask for what they need most, or they ask for it