I would like to give you two reactions to your article of November 5 “In the Church, the laity in power”. Speaking, without having read the article yet, the question of this power, I was told by a friend that the term power was not adequate to talk about the Church. Taking the time to think about it, I told myself that she was right. First, it is immediately associated with that of abuse. Then, is it not contradictory with service? As Father Varillon (sj) said, the omnipotence of God is only the omnipotence of love. We should therefore ban the word power. Moreover, the Sauvé report does not use it in its recommendation n ° 36, the subject of the article, but speaks of “strengthening the presence of the laity … in the decision-making spheres of the Church”. The second reaction concerns the object of exercising this presence, never mentioned in the article. Defining it would clarify if not calm the debate on the presence of lay people. One cannot imagine, for example, that the pastoral orientations of a parish are not the object of a broad consultation. Rather, the problem would be that too often there is no truly defined or up-to-date guidance. On the ground, for the exercise of the services, we would progress a lot, before knowing who appoints whom, if the mandates were limited and defined, which is rarely the case. It is not a question of “power”, but of rules which should be universal.