With the end of World War II in sight, the Church is trying to figure out which priests will continue to serve as deacons, laypeople or ministers.
It’s an important distinction.
As a layperson, you may be able to perform some miracles, but you won’t be able do anything to bless a child’s life, or give a new parent a child.
You’ll be expected to serve the bishop, the vicar of Christ in the diocese.
But as a priest, you’re expected to do everything the Church says is necessary to serve and to perform the sacraments.
And the Church has an internal criteria for how priests will perform these tasks, which it has developed in the past few decades, says Dr. John O’Neill, a professor of canon law at the University of Maryland.
You need to be a “biblical scholar, not a layman.”
You need a “speciality,” O’Noe says.
He cites an article in the Journal of the American College of Medical and Health Psychology.
According to this article, the role of the layperson “is to help with pastoral care and, if needed, to assist in the teaching of the liturgy.”
The layperson’s “specialty is pastoral ministry, not liturgical ministry,” the article states.
That’s a tricky distinction, especially since, as a lay person, you don’t know what you’re doing when you’re on the job.
You don’t have the ability to read the Bible, and you can’t perform miracles.
So, while the lay person may be the one who is supposed to help the bishop and the vicars with the daily life of the Church, the layman’s job is to be the pastor of the flock, O’Neil says.
So who is best?
Dr. Paul McVey, a sociologist at the Catholic University of America, has a theory.
The lay person is the “most likely candidate for the position of minister of the faithful, because he or she is more likely to have an appreciation for the biblical texts that the bishop reads and the liturgical tradition of the congregation,” McVeys said in an email.
But he points out that this could be problematic for laypeople, since laypeople have “a limited vocabulary, a limited understanding of the Bible and liturgical traditions, and often feel as though their role is too small.”
That’s where the lay priest comes in.
McVesion says the lay preacher, or priest, is someone who knows the Bible better than most laypeople.
He or she may also have the right skills to lead a group of people in a prayer circle, which the Church believes is a good way to get closer to God.
So what’s the right role for a lay priest?
A lay person needs to be “a biblical scholar, a person who has a deep appreciation of the Scriptures,” Mcvey says.
Mcvesion explains that the “Bible scholar is someone with an understanding of Scripture and the meaning of the text.”
A lay preacher is someone “who understands the liturgies and the role that they play in the litany of the Lord’s Supper.”
He or he may be someone who is able to interpret the sacred texts with “an appreciation of how these texts relate to each other and to the history of the church,” Mc Vey says in an interview with The Next Step.
This means the lay pastor must be “highly trained in the study of the ancient liturgy and the historical events that occurred in the Church.”
That means being able to read, understand, and “interpret the Scriptures as we see them today,” Mc Vieys said.
Mc Veys also says a lay preacher “has a good understanding of how to present the text and the context for the text,” and he or he can “interpret how it fits into the litanic narrative of the life of Christ.”
But these are all skills that a lay minister, like any other priest, will have to learn over time, McVechey says.
But the priest has a different role than the lay minister because “it is the pastor’s job to bring the people to the Lord.”
McVexhey says this means the priest will have “to be very knowledgeable in the theology of the Catholic Church, and the doctrine of the faith.”
The priest also needs to have the “intellectual capacity” to interpret and interpret the Bible in ways that are “appropriate to the church’s pastoral needs,” Mcveys says.
These are skills that, for example, can help lay people interpret the Scriptures more clearly when it comes to the litanies of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Communion.
“In our society, the liturnus is not the litannum, it is the psalmum, which is what is being said, and this is how it’s meant to be,” Mc Veys says in