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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The right to seek and be given access to higher education in theology, scripture, liturgy and apostolte the theological sciences. According to their ability they are true living witnesses of Christ among their companions.
Decree on Ecumenism, nos. Catholic international organizations will more effectively achieve their purpose if the groups comprising them, as ddcree as their members, are more closely united to these international organizations.
The individual apostolate, flowing generously from its source in a truly Christian life cf.
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It is evident, therefore, that those who have the obligation to provide a Christian education also have the duty of providing formation for the apostolate.
Adults ought to engage in such apkstolate discussion with young people that both age groups, overcoming the age barrier, may become better acquainted and share the special benefits each generation can offer the other.
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 Church according to a right system of relationships.
It is a function of the lay apostolate sedulously to promote this awareness and to transform it into a sincere and genuine love of brotherhood. God’s plan for the world is that men should work together to renew and constantly perfect the temporal order. Another requisite for the accomplishment of their task is a full consciousness of their role in building up society whereby they strive to perform their domestic, social, and professional duties with such Christian generosity that their manner of acting should gradually penetrate the whole world of life and labor.
Their heightened influence in society demands of them a proportionate apostolic activity, but their natural qualities also fit them for this activity.
His remarks surfaced contrary opinions of Catholic Action among the Council Fathers. Christ’s redemptive work, while essentially concerned with the salvation of men, includes also the renewal of the whole temporal order.
Pius XII, allocution to the first convention of lzity representing all nations on the promotion of the apostolate, Oct. 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.
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
By the same token young people should cultivate toward adults respect and apostolatd, and although they are naturally attracted to novelties, they should duly appreciate praiseworthy traditions. It was approved by a vote of 2, to 2 te bishops assembled at the Council, and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 18 November It was mandated and strongly supported by Pope Pius XII and in many countries was virtually an arm of the church.
This is demanded not only by the continuous spiritual and doctrinal progress of the lay person himself but also by the accommodation of his activity to circumstances varying according to the affairs, persons, and duties involved. This formation must be perfected throughout oj whole life in keeping with the demands of new responsibilities.
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.
They should become the first to carry on the apostolate directly to other young persons, om their apostolic efforts within their own circle, according appostolate the needs of the social environment in tge they live. 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.
Such a life requires a continual exercise of faith, hope, and charity. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. Formation of this type must be so organized that it takes into account the whole lay apostolate, devree must be carried on not only among the organized groups themselves but also in all circumstances throughout one’s whole life, especially one’s professional and social life.
The purpose of this document was to encourage and guide lay people in their Christian service. 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.
Apostolicam Actuositatem acknowledges the central importance of the laity in the mission of the Catholic Church. 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. For He wanted to equate Himself with His brethren as the object of this love when He said, “As long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me” Matt.
They fulfill their mission also by fraternal charity which presses them to share in the living conditions, labors, sorrows, and aspirations of their brethren with the result that the hearts of all about them are quietly prepared for the workings of saving grace. Teachers and educators on the other hand, 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.
In this decree the Council seeks to describe the nature, character, and diversity of the lay apostolate, to state its basic principles, and to give pastoral directives for its more effective exercise.
By example especially they should teach them little by little to be solicitous for the material and spiritual needs of their neighbor. A vast field for the apostolate has opened up on the national and international levels where the laity especially assist with their Christian wisdom.
In loyalty to their country and in faithful fulfillment of their civic obligations, Catholics should feel themselves obliged to promote the true common good. 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.
Among the signs of our times, the irresistibly increasing sense of the solidarity of all peoples is especially noteworthy. The specific objectives of lay ministry are: In addition to spiritual formation, a solid doctrinal instruction in theology, ethics, and philosophy adjusted to differences of age, status, and natural talents, is required.
They should also hold in high esteem professional skill, family and civic spirit, and the virtues relating to social customs, namely, honesty, justice, sincerity, kindness, and courage, without which no true Christian life can exist.
Views Oon Edit View history. 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. Doing this, they should be aware of the fact that they are cooperating with God the creator, redeemer, and sanctifier and are giving praise to Him. Everywhere and in all things they pn seek the justice of God’s kingdom. 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.