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Pope Benedict XVI Calls Lay Faithful to be Co-Responsible for the Church Comments

"Co-responsibility requires a change in mentality, particularly with regard to the role of the laity in the Church, who should be considered not as "collaborators" with the clergy, but as persons truly "co-responsible" for the being and activity of the Church. It is important, therefore, that a mature and committed laity be united, who are able to make their own specific contribution to the Church's mission." Continue Reading

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  1. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    Great theme! I believe co-responsibility is essential. Dialogue is essential. That requires a great deal more respect for one anther than we are experiencing now. The way we talk about those we disagree with, the judgmental self-righteousness that characterizes our attitudes, and the use of power to impose truth, are so counter the teaching os Jesus Christ. Let ALL seek forgiveness for these sins.

  2. Paula Powers-Traverzo
    2 years ago

    What originally caught my attention and began (as per the article's title) as what I thought would be the Holy Father addressing the faithful to move them toward what Church documents define as the appropriate role of the laity within the Church, ultimately devolved into just another vague attempt to stimulate the laity into responsible service. Not that this is not important. However, nothing much, really, of substance was said by the Holy Father. Wish it could have been more.

    2 years ago


  4. abey
    2 years ago

    Let the lay faithful be co-responsible to the Church through the "act of love" in the way Christ Jesus-the Bridegroom loves His Church-the Bride, reflected in the sacrament of the Communion, to call this also as the "Sacrament of Love" to the Truth that was proved that God is love, most sacred, on the whole to an Eternal Love affair.

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