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ASSOCIATIONS & MOVEMENTS

 

A good part of the activity of the Pontifical Council for the Laity is indicated in art. 134 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus: “Within the parameters of its own competence, the Council performs all activities respecting lay associations of the Christian faithful: it erects associations of an international character and provides approval or recognitio for their statutes... As for secular third orders, the Council deals only with those matters concerning their apostolic activity” The scope of this task can be gauged from the Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles laici. Noting “the richness and the versatility of resources that the Holy Spirit nourishes in the ecclesial community and... the capacity of initiative and the generosity of our lay people”, the Exhortation speaks of “a new era of group endeavours” of the lay faithful, in which, “alongside the traditional forming of associations, and at times coming from their very roots, movements and new sodalities have sprouted...”.