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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In this way, by giving spiritual help to one another through friendship and the communicating of the benefit of their experience, they are trained to overcome the disadvantages of excessively isolated life and activity and to make their apostolate more productive. In these trying circumstances, the laity do what they can to take the place of priests, risking their freedom and sometimes their life to teach Christian doctrine to those around them, training them in a religious way of life and a Catholic way of thinking, leading them to receive the sacraments frequently and developing in them piety, especially Eucharistic devotion.

Sacred Congregation of the Council, concerning the dissolution of the Corrientes diocese in Argentina, Nov. Since in our times, different forms of materialism are spread far and wide even among Catholic, the laity should not only learn doctrine more diligently, especially those main points which are the subjects of controversy, but should also exhibit the witness of an evangelical life in contrast to all forms of materialism.

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In fact, only the pooling of resources is capable of fully achieving all the aims of the modern apostolate and firmly protecting its interests. Pius XI, encyclical “Rerum Ecclesiae: The importance of general culture along with practical and technical formation should also be kept in mind. Strengthened by active participation in the liturgical life of their community, they are eager to do their share of the apostolic works of that community. 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.


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. Through continuous dialogue with the laity, these priests should carefully investigate which forms make apostolic activity more fruitful.

In the manner of the men and women who helped Paul in spreading the Gospel cf. By example especially they should teach them decdee by little to be solicitous for the material and spiritual needs of their neighbor.

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Priests should focus their attention on the formation of the laity for the apostolate in their catechetics, their ministry of the word, their direction of souls, and in their other pastoral services. This formation for the apostolate should rest upon those bases which have been stated and proclaimed by this most holy council in other documents. This is as it should be, but it sometimes involves a degree of departure from the ethical and religious order and a serious danger to Christian life.

Young persons exert very important influence in modern society. A particular form of the individual apostolate as well as a sign specially suited to our times is zpostolate testimony of the whole lay life arising from faith, hope, and charity. 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.

Decree on Ecumenism, nos. Apostolicam Actuositatem acknowledges the central importance of the laity in the mission of the Catholic Church.

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Entrusted with charges more closely associated with the duties of pastors in teaching, liturgical action, care of souls and administration of church affairs. They and the rest of the faithful, therefore, should cooperate with men of good will to ensure the preservation of these rights in civil legislation and to make sure that governments give due attention to the needs of the family regarding housing, the education of children, working conditions, social security, and taxes; and that in policy decisions affecting migrants their right to live together as a family should be safeguarded.

It is here that they complement the testimony of life with the testimony of the word. These aids in formation take into consideration the various types of the apostolate in the milieu where it is exercised.


Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

Pius XI, encyclical “Casti Connubii: These orders, although distinct, are so connected in the singular plan of God that He Himself intends to raise up the whole world again in Christ and to make it a new creation, initially on earth and completely on the last day. In various Church documents this procedure of the hierarchy is called a apostolxte. Finally, in keeping with the spirit and norms of their societies, Religious Brothers apostolahe Sisters should value the apostolic works of the laity and willingly devote themselves to promoting lay enterprises.

For in the Church there are many apostolic undertakings which are established by the free choice of the laity and regulated by their prudent judgment. Today lay men and women are indispensible to the mission of the church to proclaim the Gospel message of the good news of salvation to and in the world. However, the lay person should learn especially how to perform the mission of Christ and the Church by basing his life on belief in the divine mystery of creation and redemption and by being sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God and who urges all to love God the Father as well as the world and men in Him.

Organizations in which, in the opinion of the hierarchy, the ensemble of these characteristics is 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. 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.

A particular vocation to make the church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the apostolaate. Children also have their own apostolic work to do.