Roman Catholic Church

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the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy

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In 1985 he published Christifideles laici, The vocation and mission of the lay faithful.
In response, Maritain urges first that Christians have a responsibility to realize the Gospel in temporal life as Christifideles Laici.
Yes, the spiritual has primacy over the body politic, indeed over the order of earthly life and of temporal society as such, but in a secular age the Church now exercises her influence through the Christifideles Laici.
37) While the exhortation cites both Gaudium et spes and Christifideles laici, there are clear traces of the statements issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the 1980s; see "Instructions on Certain Aspects of the `Theology of Liberation,'" Origins 14 (September 13, 1984) 193-204; "Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation," Origins 15 (April 17, 1986) 713-27.
Parents receive in the Sacrament of Matrimony "the grace and the ministry of the Christian education of their children" (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles laici, 1988).
THE VOCATION OF THE LAITY TO EVANGELIZATION: AN ECCLESIOLOGICAL INQUIRY INTO THE SYNOD ON THE LAITY (1987), CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI (1989), AND DOCUMENTS OF THE NCCB (1987-1996).
See also John Paul II's Christifideles laici in which he draws upon communion ecclesiology, Origins 18 (February 9, 1989) 561-95; and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's "Some Aspects of the Church Understood as a Communion," Origins 22 (June 25, 1992) 108-12.
John Paul II, in his 1988 postsynodal apostolic exhortation Christifideles laid, when explaining the concept of the church as a communion, explicitly ranks the Body of Christ image over the image of the people of God and that of the church as sacrament:
They appear to be oblivious to Canons 749 and 750, that define the pope as the successor of Peter, and schism as not being of "one mind" with the pope and the bishops loyal to him, and with the Christifideles who are trying to follow their Shepherds--but which ones?
John Paul II, encyclical letter Ut Unum Sint (May 25, 1995), 8, 43; Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici (December 30, 1988), 18, 40.
JOHN PAUL II, CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI: THE VOCATION AND THE MISSION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL IN THE CHURCH AND IN THE WORLD sec.