Thursday, April 06, 2006

Laity

Interesting article here. I particularly found this interesting:

That changed early in the 20th century when popes "began to involve the laity in the ministry of the church," he said. He cited the establishment of Catholic Action by Pope Pius X and its strong encouragement by Pope Pius XI.

By mid-century, he said, Pope Pius XII went further, describing the laity as "on the front lines of the church's life" and encouraging not only Catholic Action but other works of lay apostolate that "could be left more or less to the free initiative of laypersons, while of course being conducted within the limits allowed by competent ecclesiastical authorities."