[This is shared with us by CTA NYC-Metro]
We thought that you might be interested in hearing the audio of one of the presentations at the national CTA Conference that reflected the theme of our baptismal call and the role of the laity.
It was presented by Paul Lakeland, Dir. of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University in CT.
· Baptism is being rediscovered in today’s Church as initiation into a missioned community, where the apostolic responsibilities of the entire priestly people are envisaged and embraced. What does it mean for all the baptized and especially the laity whom Vatican II identified as “essentially secular” to exercise their prophetic calling? What does the prophetic element of the baptismal priesthood mean for the way Catholic laypeople must exercise their ministry, both to the world and in the Church? How are we prophets to the world and when must we be prophetic towards our own community of faith? What are the lineaments of prophecy that is governed and inspired by the Gospel?