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Where only a layman can enter

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`THE Church will never suc ceed in doing her job in the world unless we Catholic laymen play a much greater part than we have done in the past. The fact is that there are parts of the apostolate, and very important parts, which only the layman can do. The priest would be no good at it."

This was stated by Mr. W. T. Wooton, director of a firm of heating engineers when he addressed the North Staffordshire Association of Catholic Employers and Management at Burslem last Monday evening on the subject of the lay apostolate.

After referring to recent papal encyclicals, he continued: "The influence of the Church must penetrate into every department of life, domestic. social, political, economic, industrial, commercial and educational.

"There are many of these departments into which the priesthood has no entry and would not be welcome if it did. It is in those departments that the Catholic layman is called by his vocation to exercise his participation in the priesthood of Christ," Mr. Wooton went on to examine the vast fields of lay activity which could be found in the world today in looking after the sick and feeding the hungry.

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