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From Trent to Vatican IIHistorical and Theological Investigations$
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Raymond F. Bulman and Frederick J. Parrella

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178068.001.0001

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The Laity

The Laity

Chapter:
(p.193) 11 The Laity
Source:
From Trent to Vatican II
Author(s):

Paul Lakeland

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178068.003.0011

This chapter explores the role of the laity in the Catholic Church. The Trent and Vatican II councils' views about the laity are discussed. It is argued that a theological understanding of the laity is an entire ecclesiology, and one that cannot be healthily constructed without honestly facing the problems that a cultic understanding of priesthood has bequeathed to the Church.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, laity, Council of Trent, Vatican II, baptism, priesthood

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