Laity

Obedience: Virtue and Counsel

In college, someone recommended that I read A Right to Be Merry by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. When I finished it, I knew two things: cloistered religious life was absolutely… Read More

The Lay Vocation

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the vocation specific to the laity: “While many lay people continue to clamor for a seat at the clerical table – worrying themselves… Read More

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Church Workers

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson became a classic of the… Read More

Baptism is the Rite You Are Looking For

One of the things that attracted me to Pope Francis early in his pontificate was his willingness to challenge established protocols and to do what he thought was appropriate in… Read More

Why Isn’t Laicization More Public?

Many years ago, I flew to Chicago and drove a few of hours to attend a friend’s ordination to the priesthood.  I considered Chris[1] the best person I had ever… Read More

What Ever Happened to the “Lay Moment”?

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the promise and challenge of Lumen Gentium: “By our Baptism, we are all commissioned to proclaim the Gospel – the laity no less… Read More

Crisis Podcast Episode 7: The Role of the Laity

The vast majority of Catholics are lay people; living out their mission as Christians in the world. How did the laity respond to the abuse crisis? How can the laity… Read More

Four Take-Aways from Baltimore

As the clerical sex abuse scandal continues, Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the four measures passed at the USCCB General Assembly in June 2019. “The USCCB directives call… Read More

Finish the Job

Stephen White of Catholic University urges USCCB action on lay review of abuse allegations at the June 2019 General Assembly. “Would Rome balk at mandatory lay review? Maybe. But whether… Read More

Healing the Breach: What Can Laity Do? Acting Ecclesially

The fourth session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the question: What can the laity do to help the Church through this crisis? George Weigel (EPPC)… Read More

Healing the Breach: What Can Laity Do? Wounded Healers

The fourth session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the question: What can the laity do to help the Church through this crisis? John Carr (Georgetown)… Read More

Healing the Breach: What Can Laity Do? Introduction

The fourth session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the question: What can the laity do to help the Church through this crisis? Archbishop Allen Vigneron… Read More