Category: Instrumentum Laboris

  • The lay vocation: Serving the world beyond the Church

    The lay vocation: Serving the world beyond the Church

    In §42 of the IL, we find an explicit recognition that the primary vocation of lay people – their specifically lay apostolate – is in fact in the community and the world.

  • Lay apostolate at Vatican II but not in the IL

    Lay apostolate at Vatican II but not in the IL

    This post looks back at the concept of lay apostolate in the documents of Vatican II. Then, I attempt to locate sections in the Instrumentum Laboris that correspond.

  • The Plenary Council agenda

    The Plenary Council agenda

    Without backing off from my critique of the Instrumentum Laboris, I think the agenda has some very positive elements.

  • Vocation

    Vocation

    The IL contains one beautiful reference to the vocation of the “majority of Christians’, which “will be lived out primarily in the context of their family life, their workplace and their engagement with their culture and society.

  • Labour, work and workers

    Labour, work and workers

    The Instrumentum Laboris several good references to current problems and issues in the fields of labour, work, employment, unemployment, underemployment and casual work.