APA Document: On the Laity

A. RATIONALE

            In the Church there is indeed a diversity of ministries that are exercised however under the unity of mission. To the Apostles, their Successors and priestly Collaborators, Christ assigned the Office of teaching, sanctifying and serving in His name and by His authority. The Laity nevertheless are made to share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly Office of Christ, and therefore have their own assignment in the mission of the whole People of God (Apostolicam Actuositatem, no. 2).

 In effect, as the lay faithful are deputized to the Apostolate by the Lord Himself through baptism and confirmation, they are bound either as individuals or in groups to strive so that the Divine Message of salvation may be known, accepted and lived by all. In a special way, they enjoy the right and have the obligation to permeate and perfect the temporal order with the spirit of the Gospel particularly through the conduct of their secular business and the exercise of their secular functions (Canon 225 par. 1-2 CIC).

 The proper role of the Laity in the Church and in society should be continually promoted on the basis of the teaching of the Magisterium. More concretely, the lay faithful should be encouraged and assisted to assume their duty and responsibility of participating in public life and in reforming this according to the Gospel values (PCP-II: Articles 41 par 1, 42 par 2).

 Wherefore, in due attention to the inherent significance and significant consequences of the lay state and in rightful consideration of the mission of the lay faithful in the Church and n the world, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity is hereby established with the following nature, tasks and composition.

B. NATURE

In the substance and context of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity is a Lead-Servant Body to the Christian lay faithful in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, chosen for their living faith, their commitment to service and their established competence, in order that the ecclesial good and societal welfare of the Laity in the Archdiocese are duly attended to and accordingly promoted through its advisory to and confirmation of the Archbishop.

C. TASKS

The Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity has the following corporate tasks with the collaborative affirmation of the Archbishop:

1. To draw and implement the regular and periodic formational agenda for the laity for three years, in order to empower them in their vocation and charisms for family life, lay organizations and Church-related movements.

2. To institute and direct standing entities, to determine and conduct activities for the proclamation and revitalization of the faith, to promote morals and ethics in society.

3. To determine and supervise more specific projects for the spiritual and ecclesial, temporal and societal welfare of the laity.

D. COMPOSITION

The Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity has the following constituent Members:

1. Every Vicar Forane in consultation with and with the consensus of the Clergy in the Vicariate, nominates three Representatives among the Candidates from the Parishes/Chaplaincies — one Candidate from every Parish/Chaplaincy — for membership in the Commission by appointment of the Archbishop.

2.  In consultation with and with the consensus of the above designated Members, the Archbishop appoints at most three other Members to the Commission.

3.  Subject to consultation with and with the consensus of all the above constituent appointed Members, the Archbishop calls to the regular or special meetings of the Commission at most three Members of the Clergy and/or the Religious with the competence or aptitude needed for the meeting agenda.

 E. PARTICULARS

1. Lead-Servants with their respective standard functions in ecclesiastical structures 

a. Chairperson: Chosen by open consensus process from among tile constituent appointed Members, and confirmed by the Archbishop.

b. Vice-chairperson: Chosen by open consensus process from the other constituent appointed Members, and confirmed by the Archbishop.

c. Secretary: Endorsed by open consensus process from among the other constituent appointed Members, and confirmed by the Chairperson.

d. Archbishop: De Officio Member. 

2. Service Meetings 

a. Regular Meetings: Semestral meetings every January and July of the year to be called by the Chairperson in coordination with the Archbishop, on a date, time and place duly communicated by the Secretary.

b. Special Meetings: Any number according to special need to be called by the Chairperson in coordination with the Archbishop, on a date, time and place accordingly communicated by the Secretary.

c. Quorum: Two-thirds of all the constituent appointed Members constitutes a quorum for official acts. 

3. Service Tenure

a. Appointed Members: All the appointed Members of the Commission have a service tenure of one-year from their appointment date, open to re-appointments upon re-nominations but not more than three consecutive times.

b. Lead-Servanthood which is co-terminus with appointed Membership in the Commission, has a service tenure of one- year from its confirmation date, open to re-confirmations upon rechoosings or upon re-endorsements but not more than three consecutive times.

c. New Members: In the event of substitution of an appointed Member or of a confirmed Lead-Servant for cessation of Membership and/or Lead-Servanthood for whatever reason, the replacement assumes the remaining service tenure of the former.

d. Commission: The Commission as a whole ceases when the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan is officially considered terminated. 

F. SOLEMN PROFESSION AND OATH 

All the constituent appointed Members of the Commission take the following Solemn Profession and Oaths before the Archbishop at the start of the assumption of their service: 

1. Profession of Faith.

2. Oath of Commitment to Office. 

G. REVISION

These Statutes may be revised in part or as a whole upon recommendation by the General Presbyteral Assembly and/or by the unanimous advisory of the Members of the Commission, and with the approval of the Archbishop. 

H. EFFECTIVITY

These Statutes take effect upon its official promulgation by the Archbishop, and continues to be effective until and unless otherwise so provided by the competent Church authority.

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