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Laity - Catholic Action

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Author(s): Ferdinand Klostermann
Part of Laity: 1. The Layman in the Church 2. Clergy and Laity 3. Catholic Action A. Organization 1. Origins. Catholic Action grew out of the Catholic movements of the 18th and 19th centuries, the main aims of which had been the defence of the Church against the free- thinking, revolutionary, Erastian and absolutist trends of the time, and the solution of the social problems which had become increasingly urgent since the Industrial Revolution. Catholic congresses were held in many European countries to further the…