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Laity - Clergy and Laity
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Part of Laity:

1. The Layman in the Church

2. Clergy and Laity

3. Catholic Action

1. The relationship between clergy and laity in the life and work of the Church is determined by the unity of its mission — the salvation of men, which they lay hold on by faith in Christ and by his grace. Clergy and laity are therefore one as members by baptism of the one people of God, members of the same body which all are called on to build up. Nevertheless the individual members of the Church carry out its mission in different ways.

2. If the clergy carry out the Church’s mission (apostolate) by formally pro…

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Miguel Веnɀо and Ernst Niermann, “Laity - Clergy and Laity”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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