Laity

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LAITY. Those persons who do not make a part of the clergy. In the United States the division of the people into clergy and laity is not authorized by law, but is, merely conventional.

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When you compare the wages of lay ministers, 79 percent of whom are married, to the wages of married priests, you begin to see more clearly that this is not only a gender wage gap, but also a clerical-lay divide.
Those who have heard the call to the Word of God, Rypma believes, through books such as hers, are more likely to grow in holiness and then go out into the world and live their lives as lay ministers practicing and living that holiness.
According to Maria-Cruz Gray, director of Hispanic ministry for the diocese, taking classes to become a Spanish-speaking lay minister required sacrifice.
The question of how in our day to call forth new lay ministers is increasingly important.
As a result, today the faithful suffer from the proliferation of so-called lay ministers of Holy Communion, among other grotesque abuses".
Well, they all are ministers--in a unique ministry model in the Presbytery of Temiskaming, lay ministers lead small congregations, with the guidance of a Regional Minister.
They emphasize that, in the past, lay ministers functioned in a diaconal role, but without the "sacramental" ordination to the diaconate.
He was joined by one of his predecessors, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, now the Bishop of Winchester, and the Bishop of Stafford, the Rt Rev Christopher Hill, and used his sermon to thank all the clergy and lay ministers who had served with him.
One-third of lay ministers hold or are working toward a master's degree in their field, as well.
I don't think that lay ministers have reached a point of acceptance where you can say that they're "clericalized.