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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It is imperative also that the freedom lairy dignity of the person being helped be respected with the utmost consideration, that the purity of one’s charitable intentions be not stained by seeking one’s own advantage or by striving for domination, 5 and especially that the demands of justice be satisfied lest the giving of what is due in justice be represented as the offering of a charitable gift.

Because of the demands of the common good of the Church, moreover, ecclesiastical authority can select and promote in a particular way some of the apostolic associations and projects which have an immediately spiritual purpose, thereby assuming in them a deecree responsibility.

It is especially on this level that the apostolate of the laity and the pastoral ministry are mutually complementary.

Finally, the laity should vivify their life with charity and express it as best decres can in their works. Whether these forms of the apostolate have the name of “Catholic Action” or some other title, they exercise an apostolate of great value for our times and consist in the combination and simultaneous possession of the following characteristics:. This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat Devree help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

While their social and even their political importance is growing from day to day, they seem to be unable to cope adequately with their new responsibilities. These societies were deservedly recommended and promoted by the popes and many bishops, from whom they received the title of “Catholic Action,” and were ths described as the collaboration of the laity in the apostolate of the hierarchy.

Organizations in which, in the opinion of the hierarchy, the ensemble of these characteristics yhe realized, must be considered to be Catholic Action even though they take on various forms and titles because of the needs of different regions and peoples. 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. This happens when new associations and oc are promoted without a sufficient reason, or if antiquated associations or methods are retained od their period of usefulness.

There is a very urgent need for this individual apostolate in those regions where the freedom of the Church is seriously infringed. In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission.


Vatican II: Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People: Excerpts on the Eucharist

Catholics skilled in public affairs and adequately enlightened in faith and Christian doctrine should not refuse to administer pubic affairs since by doing this in a worthy manner they can both further the common good and at the same time prepare the way for the Gospel.

If this zeal is imbued with the spirit of Christ and is inspired by obedience and love for the Church, it can be expected to be very fruitful. The mission of the Church can be dectee accomplished in certain circumstances by undertakings of this kind, and therefore they are frequently praised or recommended by the hierarchy.

From the acceptance of these thd, including those which are more elementary, there arise for each believer the right and duty to use them in the Church and in the world for the good of men and the building up of the Church, in the freedom of the Holy Spirit who “breathes where He wills” John 3: The quasi-common heritage of the Gospel and the common duty of Christian witness resulting from it recommend and frequently require the cooperation of Catholics with other Christians, on ths part of individuals and communities within the Church, either in activities or in associations, in the national or international field.

Well-informed about the modern world, the lay person should be a member of his own community and adjusted to its culture. All activity of the Mystical Body directed to the attainment of this goal is called the apostolate, which the Church carries on in various ways through all her members.

This should be done by the laity in communion with their laiity in Christ, especially with their pastors who must make a judgment about the true nature and proper use of these gifts not to extinguish the Spirit but to test all things and hold for what is good cf.

Among the former were groups such as the Knights of Columbus, Oc. Pius XI, encyclical “Rerum Ecclesiae: While every exercise of the apostolate should be motivated by charity, some works by their very nature can become specially vivid expressions of this charity.

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With a constantly increasing population, continual progress in science and technology, and closer interpersonal relationships, the areas for the lay apostolate have been immensely widened particularly in fields that have been for the most part open to the laity alone. They should also take care to provide for these lay people the necessary decrew, spiritual consolation, and incentive. All these should be regarded as norms when the canon law, as it pertains to the lay apostolate, is revised.

Catholic catechesis Ddecree higher education Catholic youth work Catholic campus ministry Catholic charities Lists of Catholics. Their heightened influence in society demands of them a proportionate apostolic activity, but their natural qualities also fit them for this activity.

They are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people cf. If young people lack this formation either because they do not attend these schools or because of any other reason, all the more should parents, pastors of souls, and apostolic organizations attend to it.


In both areas there are various opportunities for apostolic activity. True apostles however, are not content with this activity alone but endeavor to announce Christ to their neighbors by means of the spoken word as well. For this there is need for mutual esteem among all the forms aposgolate the apostolate in the Church and, with due respect for the particular character of aapostolate organization, proper coordination.

For this purpose also centers or higher institutes have been erected, and they have already proved highly successful.

Vatican II

Pius XII, allocution to the second convention of laymen representing all nations on the dexree of the apostolate, Oct. One engages in the apostolate through the faith, hope, and charity which the Holy Spirit diffuses fecree the hearts of all members of the Church. Always in union with the church, the main duty of laymen and women is to bear witness to Christ by their life and works in the home, in the church, in their social milieu, in their laihy and in the world.

Bishops, pastors of parishes, and other priests of both branches of the clergy should keep in mind that the right and duty to exercise this apostolate is common to all the faithful, both clergy and laity, and that the laity also have their own roles in building up the Church.

Apostoalte this reason the faithful should participate in the apostolate by way of united effort. Thus, making various dispositions of the apostolate according to circumstances, the hierarchy joins some particular form of it more closely with its own apostolic function. Establishment of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Now, in view of the progress of social institutions and the the fast- moving pace of modern society, the global nature of the Church’s mission requires that apostolic enterprises of Catholics apostopate more and more develop organized forms in the international sphere.

Apostolicam Actuositatem follows upon Lumen gentiumthe “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church”, of 21 Novemberwhich in Chapter IV, discusses decrfe laity, by which they mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders or religious institutes. Teachers and educators on the other tne, who carry on a 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.

Following Jesus in His poverty, they are neither depressed by the lack of temporal goods nor inflated by their abundance; imitating Christ in His humility, they have no obsession for empty honors cf.

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