Concerning Lay Preaching and Such
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I have an opinion, if that means anything, and it doesn't.

It is one thing to present the teachings of the Church and defend her teachings.  It is another to engage in open debate with Protestants.  If you read the CE entries on the topic, and they escape me now maybe I can dig them up later, it explains why the Church restricted this type of debate even restricting the clergy.

Laity can never preach per se.  However, we are all called to Evangelize and encourage people to come into the faith.  Some are better than others at different methods.  I'm a lousy apologist and hate it.  I'd rather discuss theology within the Faith.  I try to do my preaching and evangelization  following the quote attributed to St. Francis: "Preach the Gospel, use words when necessary."

That said, the members of the current hierarchy have done an abysmal job evangelizing.  At times like that, it is not surprising if God pulls from the masses a few "useless tools" to accomplish his will.  But, you know, there are a lot of problems with lay apologetics in general.

The bottom line for me is this:  the salvation of souls is the highest law of the Church.  If speaking the truth about the Church will save a soul, then do it.  But don't do it if you are unprepared and want to "wing it".

I wish I remembered the CE entries - if someone else does, please post links.
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Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by Historian - 12-24-2009, 06:23 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by Credo - 12-25-2009, 10:12 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by glgas - 12-26-2009, 08:36 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 11:38 AM
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Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 12:29 PM
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Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 07:45 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-27-2009, 05:51 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-27-2009, 06:27 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by glgas - 12-28-2009, 09:03 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-28-2009, 11:52 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-29-2009, 12:16 PM
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Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by JayneK - 12-29-2009, 03:51 PM
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