| Year 2000 Canonical Studies

1. The Role of Laity in the Church in the Third Millennium, (Archbishop Henry D'Souza)

Inaugural Address:

1.0 In the post-synodal document Ecclesia In Asia, Pope John Paul II wrote: “With the Church throughout world, the Church in Asia will cross the threshold of the third Christian millennium marveling at all that God has worked from the beginning until now, and strong in the knowledge that “just as in the first millennium the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we .....


2. The Role of Laity in the New Millennium, (Archbishop Anandarayar)

Introduction

In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation the Holy Father Pope John Paul II declared prophetically that the third millennium will be of the lay people. There seems to be an implicit admission that the second millennium has not been that of the laity . There has been a number of studies on the role and mission of the laity in the last fifty years. The documents of Vatican II, specifically Lumen Gentium, Apostolicam Actuasitatem and Ad Gentes,.....


3. Office and Ministries of the Laity in the Church, (Alex Vadakumthala)

Introduction

An interesting reflection given by Yves Congar would introduce us to this topic:

“…..the Church of God is not built up solely by the actions of the official presbyteral ministry but by a multitude of diverse modes of service, more or less stable or occasional, more or less spontaneous or recognized and when the occasion arises consecrated, while falling short of sacramental ordination. These modes of service do exist. They include, for example, mothers at home ......


4. Laypeople in the Church and in the World of the Third Millennium, (George Nedungatt)

“The third millennium will be of the laypeople,” has said Pope John Paul II. That is an implicit admission that the second millennium has not been. Of course the Pope did not mean to state that there will be no pope or bishops or priests in the Church of the third millennium but only laypeople. Rather the laity have yet to come to their own in the Church, and the clergy has to make room for it. This is a burning issue in the Church at the beginning.......


5. Laypeople in the Church, (Andrews Thazhath)

Introduction

In the Apostolic Exhortation Christfideles laici of 30 December 1988, Pope John Paul II prophetically said “The third millennium will be of the lay people ”. Duringand after the Second Vatican Council there have been several discussion on the dignity, role and rights of the laity in the Church. Since the future of the Church in the new millennium depends on the role play of the laity, it I very appropriate that the Canon Law Society of India took up the subject .......


6. Participation of the Laity in the Decision-Making, (Sebastian Karambai)

Introduction

In the final message of the Synod for Asia, the Synodal Fathers, speaking about the laity, said: “Many signs indicate that the Spirit is empowering them for an even greater role in the coming millennium, which could be called the age of the laity:. This change is definitely the fruit of the efforts taken to create awareness among the laity about their particular vocation and mission. In India at the national, regional and.......