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By: Fr. Jerome R. Secillano

“Clericalizing the laity” is a result of confusing the role of lay people in the church with that of priests. Lay people, oftentimes, are thought of as collaborators of the church’s hierarchy, i.e., bishops, priests and deacons who are collectively known as clerics. They assist clerics in what is called “inner-Church affairs”, which normally involved the formulation of pastoral plans, distribution of Holy Communion, proclamation of the word, catechism of children and of those about to get married, building of churches and of other structures and the celebration of liturgical activities by acting either as choir members, collectors or sacristans.  These are all important but they are not the high point of the lay apostolate.

HOLY AND HEROIC TEACHERS In the Year of the Laity

Tribute to Teachers during World Teachers’ Day
October 5, 2014

Dear People of God:

If you wish, you can be taught; if you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise. Frequent the company of the elders; whoever is wise, stay close to him. Be eager to hear every godly discourse; let no wise saying escape you. If you see a man of prudence, seek him out; let your feet wear away his doorstep! Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his commandments be your constant meditation; then he will enlighten your mind, and the wisdom you desire he will grant. (Sirach 6:32-37)

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