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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE MEANING OF
LAYPERSON.


Q. 1. What is the definition of "layperson?" Is it the same as "Christian?"

A. 1. What is a "layperson?" Laity (laypeople) means the body of the faithful, outside of the ranks of the clergy.

In the Catholic Church, a layperson is defined as anyone who is a Catholic and who is not a priest, a bishop, etc.. (a member of the clergy).

A layperson may or may not be a Christian, depending if he/she has been baptised. A layperson may not necessary be a Catholic.

The laity (laypeople) exists in the Church and outside of the Church.




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