January 23, 2018

Crux: Conference highlights role of laity in addressing challenges

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly on September 25, 2017 at UN headquarters in New York. PHOTO: CNS

“Even before the (Second) Vatican Council, the conviction of the Church was that lay involvement in certain spheres of life, particularly political and social, was absolutely indispensable,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher told Catholic News Agency on December 11.

The importance of the laity “is quite clear even more today,” he said, explaining that without their activity and social and political advocacy, the Church would lose its voice.

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