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laity

laymen, as distinguished from clergymen
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But the divide between lay ministers and clergy goes beyond this gender wage gap.
Approximately 38,000 Catholics, the majority of whom are women, currently serve as parish lay ministers, according to a 2012 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Aposto--late.
If places in heaven are awarded on the grounds of impressing a collection of clergy and lay ministers then yours is assured.
Whatever the case, lay ministers are essential to congregations and clergy both.
The larger issue is the "creeping clericalism" that Cones refers to, which is something many lay ministers experience from bishops, priests, deacons, and frequently from some of their fellow laity.
Area of Diocese, 65,000 square miles; Population, 300,000; Anglican Population, 9,000; on Parish Rolls, 4, 711; Clergy: Full-Time 11, Part-Time 9; On Leave, 4; Retired, 7; Lay Ministers of Word and Sacrament, 42; Pastoral Elders, 5; Self-Supporting Parishes, 7; Aided Parishes and Mission, 10; Total Congregations, 45.
Archbishop Patrick Kelly formally commissioned 22 lay ministers to celebrate funeral ceremonies in an effort to relieve pressure on priests who sometimes must celebrate seven or more funeral Masses a week.
The National Pastoral Life Center's studies do show rapid growth in the number of paid lay ministers.
At Pope Benedict's direction, Catholic bishops are asked not to allow lay ministers to assist in the purification of the sacred vessels at Mass.
The Anglican Church forms sent to the dioceses ask for numbers of bishops, clergy and lay ministers, diocesan staff, parishes, plus specific information about the makeup of those parishes, including members, organizations and Sunday schools, plus numbers of baptisms, confirmations and funerals.