laity laity  /ˈleɪ ə ti/


  • (n) in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy


  1. And an entire spectrum of Catholic laity has responded.
  2. New members, whom the group hopes to attract from the laity, will work on a voluntary basis or for nominal compensation.
  3. It is a controversy that has left much of the American laity bitterly disillusioned with their Church's leadership.



  • "Many of you have already spoken to me of the pain caused by the sexual abuse scandal of the past two years and the urgent need for rebuilding confidence and promoting healing between bishops, priests and the laity in your country," John Paul...
    on Apr 2, 2004 By: Pope John Paul II Source:

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