CHURCH LAWYERS AND LAITY QUO VADIS?
“The laity in service of the church, is the theme of the Conference of the Canon Law Society of Southern Africa which will be held in Mariannhill from 8-11 June 2009.
The Opening Talk: “The Lay Person and the Church: The State of the Question” will look at the lay person’s call to service in the Church, its challenges and its worth, the questions and difficulties it raises in today’s ecclesial structures.
Other talks include “From Lay Apostolate to Lay Ministry: A Brief History”; “The Lay Person and the tria munera in the 1983 Code of Canon Law” and “The Lay Person and the Power of Governance: Interrogations. The talk “The Magisterium on the Laity since the 1983 Code” explores how the Magisterium has responded to the challenge of more and more lay people being involved in roles and responsibilities of leadership in the Church? One might have hoped for the elaboration of a theology of the laity and new canonical rules governing the practice.
Further talks explore collaboration between the clergy and laity in consultative bodies and Diocesan Offices.
“The Lay Person and Diocesan Councils”. One of the great changes brought in by the 1983 Code was the implication of laity in various councils. The conference will look at how these consultative bodies are structured and at the meaning and exigencies of true and effective consultation.
“Lay Ministers and Diocesan Offices: Faculties and Mandates”. If lay people are to collaborate effectively with ordained ministers, either at the parish or diocesan level, clear faculties and mandates are required. The theoretical and practical elements of these legal powers and authorizations will be debated.
The Conference will conclude with a talk “Lay Ecclesial Service: Future Challenges” Although much has been accomplished in understanding, defining and structuring lay participation in the Church mission, there are some new challenges looming. What are they? How to respond to them?
Professor Anne Asselin, JCD will facilitate the deliberations of the Conference. For more information contact Mgr Marc de Mûelenaere 073-255-8360 firstname.lastname@example.org
Archdiocesan NewsJohannesburg, May 2009
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