Pontifical Council for the Laity


Pontifical Council for the Laity

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has the responsibility of assisting the Pope in his dealings with the laity in lay ecclesial movements or individually, and their contributions to the Church. The President of the council is Archbishop Stanisław Cardinal Ryłko. Its secretary is Josef Clemens.

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has its foundation in Vatican II's Decree on the Lay Apostolate. The council commenced in January 1967 with Pope Paul VI's motu proprio "Catholicam Christi Ecclesiam". In December 1976, the council was included as a permanent fixture of the Roman Curia.

Presidents of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

*Maurice Cardinal Roy (6 Jan 1967 - 16 Dec 1976)
*Opilio Cardinal Rossi (10 Dec 1976 - 8 Apr 1984)
*Eduardo Cardinal Pironio (8 Apr 1984 - 20 Aug 1996)
*James Cardinal Stafford (20 Aug 1996 - 4 Oct 2003)
*Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko (4 Oct 2003 -

External links

* [http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_pro_17031998_en.html Roman Curia description]
* [http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/romancuria/d15.htm Pontifical Council for the Laity] at Giga-Catholic


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