- Mar 2, 2021
From Pope Francis on down, many are calling for more women in power in the Vatican. But one might as well ask, where are the laymen?
The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to evangelize effectively, said a new document from the International Theological Commission.
In his prayer video for the month of May, Pope Francis said laypeople are on the “front lines” of the Church’s life and activities, and asked Catholics of all states and vocations to pray for the laity and their mission.
Building a culture of life is not solely the work of bishops and ordained clergy. Laypeople take the lead in diocesan and parish settings, and in independent organizations, to make the case for life.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is staging a major convocation of laity, clergy and religious in Orlando over the July 4 holiday. Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services, says if the gathering’s to be effective, it will require the humility to include the voices of all, including those who’ve been hurt by the Church.
The new number two at the all-important Dicastery for Family, Laity, and Life is a young Brazilian priest not only in sync with the ideas and outlook of Pope Francis, but who has a long history of friendship and collaboration with the pontiff.