A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Laity and Their Role in the Church

Fundamental to the church thus moving forward is, of course, its own notion of the laity and its understanding of their place and role in the church. We need, as much in practice as in doctrine and documentation, to reflect on the fact that the laity are the people of God and enjoy considerable rights and are called to full participation in church ministry and governance as a result of their being so. Indeed, it would appear that, once again, we need nothing short of a "Copernican revolution" in our understanding of who the people of God are-- one that will involve jettisoning every vestige of outdated and life-draining clericalism from the life of the church, so that the laity and the whole human family become the central focus of ecclesial priorities.
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Gerard Mannion, Ecclesiology and Postmodernity: Questions for the Church in Our Time, p. 127.

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