Decree on the Apostolate of Laity - Apostolicam Actuositatem
apostolate becomes more imperative in view of the fact that many areas of human
life have become increasingly autonomous. This is as it should be, but it
sometimes involves a degree of departure from the ethical and religious order
and a serious danger to Christian life. Besides, in many places where priests
are very few or, in some instances, deprived of due freedom for priestly work,
the Church could scarcely exist and function without the activity of the laity."
THE LAITY HAS THE DUTY TO SERVE LIKE ANYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION, THE MOTIVATION TO SERVE IS NOT EASILY ACCEPTED AND WITHOUT THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS PRIESTS AND NUNS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SERVE US WITH CHARITY. WE COULD NOT SERVE THE POOR OR NEEDY IN OUR SUFFERING WHICH IS MUTUAL IN OUR HUMANITY.