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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Hermenutic of rupture Bologna vs. This formation should be deemed the basis and condition for every successful apostolate. Christian husbands and wives are cooperators in grace and witnesses of faith for each other, their children, and all others in their household. Apodtolate 1 Article 2: 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.
The temporal order must be renewed in such a way that, without detriment to its own proper laws, it may be brought into conformity with the higher principles of the Christian life and adapted to the shifting circumstances of time, place, and peoples.
Always adhering faithfully to the spirit and teaching of the Church, they should promote proper relations been laity and hierarchy. For this purpose also centers or higher institutes have been erected, and they have already proved highly successful.
From the acceptance of these charisms, 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: Organizations of lay members of the Catholic Church who are neither in Holy Orders nor members of religious institutes.
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A particular form of the individual apostolate as well as a sign specially suited to our times is the testimony of the whole lay life arising from faith, hope, and charity. Maintaining the proper relationship to Church authorities, 5 the laity have the right to found and control such associations 6 and to join those already existing.
By example especially they should teach them little by little to be solicitous for the material and spiritual needs of their neighbor.
To intensify the apostolic activity of the people of God, 1 the most holy synod earnestly addresses itself to the laity, whose proper and indispensable role in the mission of the Church has already been dealt with in other documents. Furthermore, centers of documentation and study not only in theology but also in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and methodology should be established for all fields of the apostolate for the better development of the natural capacities of the laity-men and women, young persons and adults.
Chapter III Article But the laity likewise share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have their own apostloate in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.
Children also have their own apostolic work to do.
Only by the light of faith and by meditation on the word of God can one always and everywhere recognize God in Whom “we live, and move, and have our being” Acts For the advance of age brings with it a more open mind, enabling each person to detect more readily the talents with which God has enriched his soul and to exercise more effectively those charisms which the Holy Spirit has bestowed on him for the good of his brethren.
There are many forms of the apostolate whereby the laity build up the Church, sanctify the world, and give it life in Christ. Those, however, which the hierarchy have praised or recommended as responsive to the needs of time and place, or have ordered to be established as particularly urgent, must be held in highest esteem by priests, Religious, and laity and promoted according to each one’s ability.
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.
They should be trained in the right use of things and the organization of institutions, attentive always to the common good in line with the principles of the moral and social teaching of the Church.
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
In various Church documents this procedure of the hierarchy is called a mandate. It is imperative also that the freedom and 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.
At all times and places but particularly in 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 ghe through their whole way of life.
Since formation for the apostolate cannot consist in merely theoretical instruction, from the beginning of their formation the laity should gradually and prudently learn how to view, judge and do all things in the light of faith as well as to develop and improve themselves along with others through doing, thereby entering into active service to the Church. Frequently they move too quickly into a new social and economic status. Dogmatic Constitution on tthe Nature of the Church, tge.
It manifests Christ living in those who believe in Him. 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 work and in the world.
Preeminent among the works of this type of apostolate is that of Christian social action which the sacred synod desires to see extended to the whole temporal sphere, including culture.
Otherwise those engaged in the apostolate are often unable appostolate bear up under the pressure of public opinion or of social institutions. They bring to the Church people who perhaps are far removed from it, earnestly cooperate in presenting the word of God especially by means of catechetical instruction, and offer their special skills to make the care of souls and the administration of the temporalities of the Church more efficient and effective.
Among the trials of this life they find strength in hope, convinced that “the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed appstolate us” Rom.
Among the signs of our times, the irresistibly increasing sense of the solidarity of all peoples is oj noteworthy.
The importance of general culture along with practical and technical formation should also be kept in mind. The Decree on Ecumenism was rooted in the Ecumenical Movement dating back to the early 20th century; the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy flowed from the Liturgical Movement with origins in the 19th century; the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation was influenced by the developed historical and literary biblical criticism in the s.
Pius XII, allocution to the first convention of laymen representing all nations on the promotion of the apostolate, Oct. 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 parish offers an obvious example of the apostolate on the community level inasmuch as it brings together the many human differences within its boundaries and merges them into the universality of the Church.
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 should more and more develop organized forms in the international sphere. Cardinal Joseph Ritter of St. Then by the apostolate the spoken and written word, which is utterly necessary under certain circumstances, lay people announce Christ, explain and spread His teaching in accordance with one’s status and ability, and faithfully profess it.
Finally, the hierarchy entrusts to the laity certain functions which are more closely connected with pastoral duties, such as the teaching of Christian doctrine, certain liturgical actions, and the care of souls. Pius XI, encyclical “Rerum Ecclesiae: They should devote themselves to nourishing the spiritual life and an apostolic attitude in the Catholic societies entrusted to them; they should contribute their wise counsel to the apostolic activity of these associations and promote their undertakings.
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. This apostolate should reach out to all wherever they may be encountered; it should not exclude any spiritual or temporal benefit which they have the ability to confer.
Indeed, everyone should diligently prepare himself for the apostolate, this preparation being the more urgent in adulthood. 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 special responsibility. At the same time, as a living member and witness of the Church, he renders the Church present and active in the midst of temporal affairs.
In both orders the layman, being simultaneously a believer and a citizen, should be continuously led by the same Christian conscience. Besides, in many places where priests are very few or, in some instances, deprived of due freedom for priestly work, the Church could scarcely exist and function without the activity of the laity.
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. 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.