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In response to February letter 'witness to the faith'.

In calling for a greater role for the laity in the Church, the Holy Father is not proposing the establishment of a parallel magisterium composed of lay people, nor for the divvying up of responsibilities at the parish level between the clergy and the laity. Rather, he is calling on the laity to bring forward their zeal and talents to the service of the Church. In essence, he is calling all of us to turn from being lukewarm, indifferent Catholics to being true witnesses for Christ in how we live our lives and by putting our God-given talents at the service of the Bride of Christ, Holy Mother Church--not as someone who says, "Okay God, this is what I'm going to do, or what I'm prepared to do for You" but as someone who kneels in humility before our Eucharistic Lord and asks, "Lord, what is it that you want me to do?"

A quick look through parish websites reveals that there are many and varied opportunities for the laity to contribute to the spiritual and physical life of their parish. As Pope Benedict has said, the laity can make their own "specific contribution to the Church's mission, in accordance with the ministries and tasks each one has in the life of the Church, and always in cordial communion with the bishop."

Eliseo Zompanti

Etobicoke, ON

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Author:Zompanti, Eliseo
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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