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laity

(lā′ĭ-tē) [Gr. laos, the people]
Individuals who are not members of a particular profession such as law, dentistry, medicine, or the ministry.
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Gradually, there was greater openness to the need for lay ministers, particularly with the decline of ordained clergy Leckey continued to advocate for laity, serving as an official adviser to the American bishops at both the 1980 Synod of Bishops on marriage and the family and the Synod of Bishops on the laity in 1987.
Aside from the issue of the identity of the laity, Mary can also serve as a guide on how to fully spread the mission of the Lord.
In Pacem in Terris, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modem World, and the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, the lay Catholics of the CPF heard a call for action.
A Lenten recollection, "Laity in the Light of Faith" will be held on March 15.
She does not believe, for example, that the three learned professions of clergy, law and medicine were, at first at any rate, self-conscious groupings ranged against the laity and concerned to exploit their monopoly of expertise for profit and status.
The new approach represented a "call to conversion" for all Catholics, especially "baptized men and women whose Christianity is devoid of vitality." The bishops called on all parts of the church, including the laity, to be active agents of the new evangelization, each "according to its own nature?
There is a glaring absence of reference to the laity in the bishops' conference, a huge but diminishing resource in the church.
Finally, there are many priests who have provided educational opportunities outside of the Mass, and have met with dismal responses from the laity. These events are often poorly attended, and I imagine therefore very discouraging to the pastor who has thoughtfully and lovingly provided an opportunity for his parish to grow.
Later Pope Plus X contrasted the loftiness of the teachers with the lowliness of the laity: "The church is essentially an unequal society ...
"A clear group of clergy preferred John to David, but David was stronger with the laity," said Bishop Stavert.
Indeed, just as the chancel divided the laity from the priesthood, the nave belonged to the people.
The ecclesiastical authority that has promoted the bona exempla encourages Cavalca, in his Mirror of the Cross, to regard the clergy itself as a mirror of purity for the laity: "the ecclesiastical ministers must be mirrors through which the laity must engage in self-reflection and in the ministers' saintly lives acknowledge their own uncleanness and their flaws and thereby correct them." (22) It is consistent with the Church's teaching that the clergy, as Christ's representatives, should approach the standards of behavior exhibited by the saints and Christ himself and become a "living reading" for their congregations.