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Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
Art.1 - Our times require...the apostolate of the
laity be broadened and intensified....the Church could scarcely
exist and function without the activity of the laity.
Art.3 - ...for the good of men and women and the
building up of the Church ...in communion with their brothers and
sisters in Christ, especially with their Pastors, all must make
a judgement about the true nature and proper use of their gifts
so as not to extinguish the Spirit , but to test all things and
hold for what is good.
Art.4 - The laity should hold in high esteem...honesty,
justice, sincerity, kindness and courage, without which no true
Christian life can exist.
Art.10 - ...the laity with the right apostolic
attitude supply what is lacking to their brethern, and refresh the
spirit of Pastors and of the rest of the faithful. The laity should
accustom themselves to working in the parish in union with their
priests...by deliberating in common. As far as possible the laity
ought to provide helpful collaboration for every apostolic and missionary
undertaking sponsored by their local parish. They should develop
an ever-increasing appreciation of their own Diocese.
Art.14 - Catholics should promote whatever is true,
just, holy and loveable... hold discussions... initiate research
... on practices which should be improved in line with the spirit
of the Gospel.
Art.18 - ...the faithful should participae in the
apostolate by way of united effort... in their parishes and dioceses.
Art.19 - Some ...aim to evangelize and sanctify
in a special way.
Art.20 b - Cooperating with the hierarchy in their
own way, the laity contribute the benefit of their experience to
, and assume responsibility for the direction of these organizations,
the consideration of the conditions in which the pastoral activity
of the Church is to be conducted, and the elaboration and execution
of the plan of things to be done.
Art.22 - The Pastors of the Church should gladly
and gratefully welcome devoted lay persons, and make sure the demands
of justice, equity, and charity relative to their status be satisfied
to the fullest extent, particulary as regards proper support for
them and their families. They should also take care to provide for
these lay people the necessary formation, spiritual consolation
Art.23 - Indeed the spirit of unity should be promoted
in order that fraternal charity may be resplendent in the whole
apostolate of the Church, common goals may be attained , and destructive
rivalries avoided.... the Church requires harmony and apostolic
cooperation on the part of both branches of the Clergy, Religious
Art.24 - The hierarchy should promote the apostolate
of the Laity...and attend to the preservation of doctrine and order.
Art.25 - ...the laity must not be deprived of the
possibility of acting on their own accord.
...Special care should be taken to select priests who are capable
of promoting particular forms of the apostolate of the Laity, and
are properly trained... adhering faithfully to the spirit and teaching
of the Church,...promote proper relations between Laity and Hierarchy.
... Through continuous dialogue with the Laity, these priests should
carefully investigate which forms make apostolic activity more fruiful.
Art.26 - In dioceses ... there should be councils
which assist... the Laity.
Art.30 - ...(The Laity) should be so involved in
the local community of the parish that they will acquire a consciousness
of being living and active members of the people of God. Priests
should focus their attention on the formation of the Laity...