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Synonyms for laity

in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy

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In 1980, under the leadership of Bishop Albert Ottenweller, a pastoral document, "Called and Gifted: The American Catholic Laity," was issued, urging the laity to lives of holiness, community and ministry.
Lagdameo specifically pointed out how Mary can bolster the laity's identity and their mission.
Benedict XVI encouraged "serious and daily" ongoing formation, saying the laity are "called to be courageous and credible witnesses in every sphere of society, so that the Gospel might be the light that brings hope in difficult situations, in troubles and in the darkness that men today so often find along the path of life." (
Continuing in the spirit of Pacem in Terris, the fathers of the Second Vatican Council summoned "all Christians" to "do in love what the truth requires, and to join with all true peacemakers in pleading for peace and bringing it about." In their Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, the Council fathers specifically connected the liturgy and the sacraments to social justice and called on the laity to use charity and social work to witness to Christ.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead the series of talks on January 18 which will focus on the topic "Laity and the Emergence of a New Filipino Culture."
The laity must show that Catholic social principles such as the dignity of the human person, subsidiarity and solidarity "are very timely and of value for the promotion of new ways of development at the service of every man and woman" the Holy Father stated.
This the clergy, the lawyers and the medical men did, respectively, in the means of salvation, in defence of civil rights and property, and in maintaining people's health and curing their maladies--all vital concerns of the laity especially in the religious, litigious and disease-ridden society of early modem England.
In sum, the very propensity to magic that Scribner has detected in the Protestant laity was also, by his own reckoning, readily able to be rationalized by the clerical elite, and doubtlessly filtered down to the laity, if not directly through the printed word, indirectly through oral and visual means.
I come to the topic of ministry of the laity out of a genetically sound background.
The church became a "pilgrim," eager to listen to and learn from the world and, especially, to respond to the aspirations and needs of the laity. These concerns led the church to update its social doctrine, with a new stress on Catholicism's commitment to justice, and to adopt a series of pastoral innovations designed to extend the church's social reach and increase the role of the laity.
bishops regarding the importance of social action by the Catholic laity No such adjustment was realized.
Plaza about 'clericalism' in the November 2008 issue, she is placing too much emphasis on clerics to educate the laity, when in fact it is the laity's responsibility to further their own education.
By the time the council got underway, according to reliable reports, the town held five patriarchs, 30 cardinals, 533 bishops, 119 abbots, 335 theologians, 200 university and town officials, 18,000 priests, and a great cloud of laity beyond numbering.
"He was elected first among the laity, then the clergy came around," said Archdeacon Peter Hannen, diocesan executive officer.
Although often given short shrift in legal history surveys, courts christian are attended here in a thorough manner, regarding canon law cases involving clergy and litigation perceived as morally germane to the well being of the laity. These latter included wills, churches and churchyards, religious obligations, tithes, marriage, slander, and sorcery.