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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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He added: "Our lay people are the future of the Church especially in an age of dwindling numbers of priests."
Lay people's senspratique involves an immediate competence in making sense of the world, but a competence which is, as it were, oblivious to itself (1980: 37), insofar as it does not contain the knowledge of the practices it generates (1980: 175).
A number of older historians believed that it was widespread: lay people disliked the clergy, regarding them as arrogant and greedy, and welcomed reform and change.
Four insurers have filed a civil lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the state of New York against a group of New York City physicians who allegedly sold the use of their names and medical licenses to chiropractors and lay people. Progressive Auto Insurance, Allstate, GEICO and New York Central Mutual are charging that the physicians established 40 phony medical professional corporations, which were used as fronts for the fraudulent billing of insurance companies.
The advent of the PC increased the number of lay people and business people involved in technology more than any one single development in the history of our business.
Although many foresters and most lay people assume the big river's banks and islands were always covered with pure stands of silver maple, broken by only occasional cottonwoods and box elders, Porteck and Swenson disagree.
On the other hand, for Damian, lay people were second-rate citizens of the Church, with little possibility for salvation.
The "other" group may include social workers, clergy, patient representatives, lawyers, administrators, trustees, ethicists, philosophers, and lay people.
Palma urged priests and lay people to never lose hope amid difficulties and evils in society.
Augustine has historically been awarded to clergy and lay people of foreign churches who have contributed conspicuously to advancing friendly relations with the churches of the Anglican Communion," Lambeth Palace said in a statement.
Cardinals, bishops, priests and lay people from the five continents were to spend March 27 and 28 contemplating beauty in nature, art and Christian sanctity.