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Ministry or Apostolate?: What Should the Catholic Laity Be Doing [Paperback]

By Russell B. Shaw (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2002
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  0879739576  
EAN  9780879739577  

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Is lay ministry missing the point? Since Vatican II, we've seen a tremendous leap in the participation of the laity. But is that participation really going in the right direction? While lay participation is a good thing, Russell Shaw argues that we've forgotten the crucial distinction between ministry (what we do inside the Church) and apostolate (what we do in the secular world). We've almost completely neglected the lay apostolate, he says, and that serious, dangerous mistake has gravely handicapped the Church in its work of evangelizing culture. We need a new, better balance between ministry and apostolate. Not everyone will agree with this book. In fact, we're sure it will start some heated debates. And that's exactly what it should be doing. Read this book, then agree with it or disagree with it. But you can't afford to ignore it.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ABOUT THE AUTHOR RUSSELL SHAW is author or co-author of sixteen previous books, including American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (2013), To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic Laity (Ignatius Press, 1993), Papal Primacy in the Third Millennium (Our Sunday Visitor, 2000), and, with Germain Grisez, Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone By Name (Our Sunday Visitor, 2003). Shaw is editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (1997) and a contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly magazine. He was the director of information for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1969 to 1987 and of the Knights of Columbus from 1987 to 1997. He is a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and teaches at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. He and his wife have five children and ten grandchildren.

Russell Shaw currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Russell Shaw was born in 1947.

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Great background for American Catholics  Jan 9, 2007
Shaw's well-crafted work provides a rich background of American Catholic laity in action over time, as well as a blueprint to follow in discerning the call of today's Catholic laity. This is a must-read for anyone involved in the pastoral workings of any Amerian parish. Parish libraries should included this in their inventory.
How lay Catholics can serve the faith, a groundbreaking book  Feb 16, 2004
Russell Shaw gives us the insight that we can only get from a maverick--but without the maverick's chip-on-the-shoulder attitude. I'll never look at the the hierarchy of the Church the same way again.

Shaw first introduces a key distinction: Ministries are essentially departments within the hierarchy, controlled by the parish or diocese. Apostolates are lay associations--out in the world--that are formed (guided) by the clergy.

Vatican II, he points out, called for apostolates, but for various reasons what we got was the rapid growth of lay ministries; basically, the Church just hired laity and created a new bureacracy, parallel to the clergy. And all at the expense of the Vatican II goal of having well-formed lay people bringing the faith out into their world.

This short book does a terrific job of analyzing what's missing in the present state of the Church, without being at all negative on the great work done by many current ministries. In passing it outlines key movements among Church intellectuals that led to the present state of affairs. Mr. Shaw wraps things up with insightful comments on the all-important spiritual dimension of apostolate service.

An important--perhaps even an essential--first step in gaining a more mature understanding of how to serve the Church in the New Evangelization.


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