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Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People. By Deacon Ed Sheffer. Apostolicam Actousitatem ultimately states that the laity needs to play a more active role in the. Explains the role of the laity in the Church such that, “Charity, which is, as it were, the The Council will explain in this Decree the nature of the lay apostolate. The Decree on Ecumenism was rooted in the Ecumenical The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity reflected the development of the lay.

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Since, in our own times, new problems are arising and very serious errors are circulating which tend to undermine the foundations of religion, the dfcree order, and human society itself, this sacred synod earnestly exhorts laymen-each according to his own gifts of intelligence and learning-to be more diligent in doing what they can to explain, defend, and properly apply Christian principles to the problems of our era in accordance with the mind of ddecree Church.

Nor is it always fitting to transfer indiscriminately forms of tthe apostolates that have been used in one nation to other nations. While preserving the proper character and autonomy of each organization, these councils will be able to promote the mutual coordination of various lay associations and enterprises.

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Teachers and educators on the other hand, who carry on thf distinguished form of the apostolate of the laity by their vocation and office, should be equipped with that learning and pedagogical skill that are needed for imparting such education effectively. To cultivate good human relations, truly human values must be fostered, especially the art of living fraternally and cooperating with others and of striking up friendly conversation with them.

Dogmatic Constitution on the Nature of the Church, no. Today lay men and women are indispensible to the mission of the church to proclaim the Gospel message of the good news of salvation to and in the world.

Indeed, the lay apostolate admits of different types of relationships with the hierarchy in accordance with the various forms and objects of this apostolate. The most holy council earnestly recommends these associations, which surely answer the thf of the apostolate of the Church among many peoples and countries, and invites the clergy and laity working in them to develop the above-mentioned characteristics to an ever greater degree and to cooperate at all times with all other forms of the apostolate in a fraternal manner in the Church.

Pastors must clearly state the principles concerning the purpose of creation and the use of temporal things and must offer the moral and spiritual aids by which the temporal order may be renewed in Christ.

Adults should stimulate young persons first by good example to take part in the apostolate and, if the opportunity presents itself, by offering them effective advice and willing assistance. In both orders the layman, being simultaneously a believer and a citizen, should be continuously led by the same Christian conscience. This is demanded not only by the continuous spiritual and doctrinal progress of the lay person off but also by the accommodation of his activity to circumstances varying according to the affairs, persons, and duties involved.

Decree on Priestly Life and Ministry, no. The apostlate for the apostolate should start with the children’s earliest education. This formation for the apostolate should rest upon those decdee which have been stated and proclaimed by this most holy council in other documents. Since in our times women have an ever more active shale in the whole life of society, it is very important apostolae they participate more widely also in the various fields of the Church’s apostolate.


Chronological list of ecumenical councils. Cardinal Joseph Ritter of St. Since in our times, different forms of materialism are spread far and wide even among Catholic, the laity should not only learn doctrine more diligently, especially those main points which are the subjects of laiyt, but should also exhibit lajty witness of an evangelical life in contrast to all forms of materialism.

A particular vocation to make the church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth. In dioceses, insofar as possible, there should be councils which assist the apostolic work of the Church either in the field of evangelization and sanctification or in the charitable, social, or other spheres, and here it is fitting that the clergy and Religious should cooperate with the laity.

Frequently they move too quickly into a new social and economic status. Among the signs of our times, the irresistibly increasing sense of the solidarity of all peoples is especially noteworthy.

The Church was founded for the purpose of spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men to share in His saving redemption, 1 and that through them the whole world might enter into a relationship with Christ. Major documents kaity the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council originated yhe grass roots movements that were brought to fruition by the Council.

Hhe this way, by if spiritual help to one another through friendship and the communicating of the benefit of their experience, they are trained to overcome the disadvantages of excessively isolated life and activity and to make their apostolate more productive. It can serve as a well-equipped center for communicating information about the various apostolic programs of the laity, promoting research into modern problems arising in this field, and assisting the hierarchy and laity in their apostolic works with its advice.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. They aposstolate also hold in high esteem professional skill, family and civic spirit, and the virtues relating to social customs, namely, honesty, justice, sincerity, dectee, and courage, without which no true Christian life can exist.

This is constantly becoming all the more necessary because the daily increase in mobility of populations, reciprocal relationships, and means of communication no longer allow any sector of society to remain closed in upon itself. Likewise, common human values not infrequently call for cooperation between Christians pursuing apostolic aims and those who do not profess Christ’s name but acknowledge these values.

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

This obligation is imposed above all upon every prosperous nation and person. By virtue of this mission, the laity are fully subject to higher ecclesiastical control in the performance thw this work.

The perfect example of this type of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labors, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way cooperated in the work of the Savior. The hierarchy should promote the apostolate of the laity, provide it dectee spiritual decred and support, direct the conduct of this apostolate to the common good of the Church, and attend to the preservation of doctrine and order.

Finally, the hierarchy entrusts to the laity certain apostolafe which are more closely connected with pastoral duties, such as the teaching of Christian doctrine, certain liturgical actions, and the care of souls. At all times and places but particularly decere areas where the first seeds of the Gospel are being sown, or where the Church is just beginning, or is involved in some serious difficulty, Christian families can give effective testimony to Christ before the world by remaining faithful to the Gospel and by providing a model of Christian marriage through their whole way of life.

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Sacred Scripture clearly shows how spontaneous and fruitful such activity was at the very beginning of the Church cf. The pastors of the Tthe should gladly and gratefully welcome these lay persons and make sure that the demands of justice, equity, and charity relative to their thw be satisfied to the fullest extent, particularly as regards proper apotolate for them and their families. Their members meet in small groups with their associates or friends, examine the methods and results of their apostolic activity, and compare their daily way of life with the Gospel.

They should develop an ever-increasing appreciation of their own diocese, of which the parish is a kind of cell, ever ready at their pastor’s invitation to participate in diocesan projects. Second Vatican Council, Decree on Ecumenism, no.

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Two types of lay movements emerged, official and quasi-official organizations; and those with no official connection to the church. Since the Creator of all things has established conjugal society as the beginning and basis of human society and, by His grace, has made it a great mystery in Christ and the Church cf.

In the family parents have the task of training their children from childhood on to recognize God’s love for all men. His remarks surfaced contrary opinions of Catholic Action among the Council Fathers. Assuming human nature, He bound the whole human race to Himself as a family through a certain supernatural solidarity and established charity as the mark of His disciples, saying, “By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” John As citizens they must cooperate with other citizens with or own particular skill and on their apostolaye responsibility.

They are the first to communicate the faith to their children and to educate them by word and example for the Christian and apostolic life.

Here the laity who engage in the apostolate only as individuals, whether for the reasons already mentioned or for special reasons including those deriving also from their own professional activity, usefully gather into smaller groups for serious conversation without any more formal kind of establishment or organization, so that an indication of the community of the Church is always apparent to others as a true witness of love.

The group apostolate of Thhe believers then happily corresponds to a human and Christian need and at the same time signifies the communion and unity of the Church in Christ, who said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matt. As sharers in the role of Christ as priest, prophet, and king, the laity have their work cut out for them in the life and activity of the Church.

In so doing, they should cooperate with all men of good will. In the pilgrimage of this life, hidden with Christ in God and free from enslavement to wealth, they aspire to those riches which remain forever and generously dedicate themselves wholly to the advancement of the kingdom of God and to the reform and improvement of the temporal order in a Christian spirit.

Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ.