The church misses out by failing to integrate the wisdom of the laity and Catholic families.
Polls show that most Catholic laity dissent on multiple moral questions.
Many ex-members I spoke with felt like financial matters were off limits from the laity.
The laity (mostly women) arrive bearing wicker trays on which are vessels containing rice and delicacies.
They are the priests of a religion, and can never descend to the charges of the laity.
The clergy were separated from the laity by a very pronounced differentiation.
And as for your Latin service, what are we of the laity the better for it?
The emancipation of the laity, thought these judges, is perhaps a more dangerous heresy than justification by faith.
While they governed the laity, the laity had no power over them.
Was the first Sunday school established under direction of the clergy or the laity?