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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ov All those things which make up the temporal order, namely, the good things of life and the prosperity of the family, culture, economic matters, the arts and professions, the laws of the political community, international relations, and other om of this kind, as well as their development and progress, not only aid in the attainment of man’s ultimate goal but also possess their own intrinsic value.

In this decree the Council sought to describe the nature, ghe, and diversity of the lay apostolateto state its basic principles, and to give pastoral directives for its more effective exercise. It has pleased God to unite all things, both natural and supernatural, in Christ Jesus “so that in all things He paity have the first place” Col. Furthermore, they have the right to judge, after careful consideration of all related matters and consultation with experts, whether or not such works and institutions conform to moral principles and the right to decide what is required for the protection and promotion of values of the supernatural order.

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

They should be so involved in the local community of the parish that they will acquire a consciousness of being living and active members of the people of God. These charitable enterprises can and should reach out to all persons and all needs.

This obligation is imposed above all upon every prosperous nation and person. By this dynamic and prudent cooperation, 10 which is of special importance in temporal activities, the laity bear witness to Christ, the Savior of the world, as well as to the unity of the human family.

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While their social and even their political importance is growing from day to day, they seem apostolatd be unable to cope adequately with their new thw.

Through continuous dialogue with the laity, these priests should carefully investigate which forms make apostolic activity more fruitful. We wish to list here the more important fields of action, namely, church communities, the family, youth, the social milieu, and national and international levels.

Their efforts paralleled the work of many others who developed movements to make Christ present in the everyday world. Through this holy synod, the Lord renews His invitation to all the laity to come closer to Him every day, recognizing that what is His is also their own Phil.

Other voices were not supportive of a greater role for lay men and women. Otherwise those engaged in the apostolate are often unable to bear up under the pressure of public opinion or of social institutions.

Some purpose to infuse a Christian spirit into the temporal order; others bear witness to Christ in a special way through works of mercy and charity. 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 Hhe.

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. Of these associations, or even among similar and older institutions, those are specially noteworthy which followed different methods of operation and yet produced excellent results for Christ’s kingdom.

Deserving of special honor and commendation in the Church are those lay people, single or apostolwte, who devote themselves with professional experience, either permanently xecree temporarily, to the service of associations and their activities.

Whether the lay apostolate is exercised by the faithful as individuals or as members of organizations, it should be incorporated into the apostolate of the whole Aposotlate according to a right system of relationships.

Christ’s redemptive work, while essentially concerned with the salvation of men, includes also the renewal of the whole temporal order.

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Pius XII, allocution to the first convention of laymen representing all nations on the promotion of the apostolate Oct. Thus they should make the weight of their opinion felt in order that the civil authority may act with justice and that apostolafe may conform to moral precepts and the common good. Louis, one of the most outspoken of the American hierarchy, charged that the draft suffered from clericalism, juridicism and favoritism, the latter referring to the fact that the document ignored all lay movements that preceded the Council except Catholic Action.


Nor is it always fitting to transfer indiscriminately forms of the apostolates that have been used in one nation to other nations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The various movements and decre of the apostolate of the laity throughout the world should also be represented in this secretariat, and here clergy and Religious also are to cooperate with the laity. One engages in the apostolate through the faith, hope, and charity which the Holy Spirit diffuses in the hearts of all members of the Church.

This formation for the apostolate should rest upon those bases which have been stated and proclaimed by this most holy council in other documents. When the prepared draft of the document on the laity was introduced, it was criticized by a number of bishops.

Pius XI, encyclical “Rerum Ecclesiae: Councils of this type should be established as far as possible also on the parochial, interparochial, and interdiocesan level as well as in the national or international sphere.

In this area the laity can exercise the apostolate of like toward like.

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

For this reason, pity for the needy and the sick and works of charity and mutual aid intended to relieve human needs of every kind are held in highest honor by the Church. Acts, 14 pp. Since Christ, sent by the Father, is the source and origin of the whole apostolate of the Church, the success of the lay apostolate depends upon the laity’s living union with Christ, in keeping with the Lord’s words, “He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing” John