Chapter VI begins. For numbered sections 61 through 76 we’ll examine with Pope John Paul II the “Leaders And Workers In The Missionary Apostolate.” Starting with a reference to the New Testament Church, we’ll focus on traditional roles: bishops, institutes, clergy, and those in consecrated life. We’ll look at the responsibility of the baptized, as well as various ministries carried out mostly by lay people. The chapter wraps up with a look at the curia, at least as it was constituted in 1990.
For now, a brief word from Saint Luke:
Without witnesses there can be no witness, just as without missionaries there can be no missionary activity. Jesus chooses and sends people forth to be his witnesses and apostles, so that they may share in his mission and continue in his saving work: “You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
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