Vatican II and Our Mission: Decree on the Laity

This series reads and discusses the Decree on the ‘Apostolate’ of the Laity using the ‘lens’ of Gaudium et Spes: The Church in the Modern World, the Council’s sole “pastoral” constitution — i.e. what to do. We update the meaning of such words as “apostolate” to “mission” to share greater clarity about what this document intends and will explore its fit in today’s “modern world” as the Church turns to synodality. The combination of the Council’s document on the laity and the now open door of synodality for the laity calls us up and into the future.

Session 1

Introduction, How the Gaudium et Spes lens works, and Ch. 1 – Lay People’s Vocation

Recorded on May 4, 2022.

Session 2

Ch. 2 – Two Goals for the Laity; Ch. 3 – Various Fields for the Laity

Recorded on May 11, 2022.

Session 3

Ch. 4 – Various Methods and Forms for the Laity; Ch. 5 – Good Order/External Relationships

Recorded on May 18, 2022.

Session 4

Ch. 6 – Formation for the Laity; Conclusion, and Next Documents to be read

Recorded on May 25, 2022.

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