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Laity - The Layman in the Church
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Part of Laity:

1. The Layman in the Church

2. Clergy and Laity

3. Catholic Action

Since it is impossible to discuss here all the possible aspects of the word “laity”, this article will confine itself in the first part to a survey of the mind of the Church on the subject, as it developed in the course of history. The second part will be an attempt to assess systematically the declarations of Vatican II on the laity. If the laity is to play its proper role…

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Ernst Niermann, “Laity - The Layman in the Church”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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