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morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the

common good and the dignity of persons.”

443

Participation in Christ’s kingly office

908

By his obedience unto death,

444

Christ communicated to

his disciples the gift of royal freedom, so that they might “by the

self-abnegation of a holy life, overcome the reign of sin in them-

selves”:

445

That man is rightly called a king who makes his own body

an obedient subject and, by governing himself with suitable

rigor, refuses to let his passions breed rebellion in his soul,

for he exercises a kind of royal power over himself. And

because he knows how to rule his own person as king, so too

does he sit as its judge. He will not let himself be imprisoned

by sin, or thrown headlong into wickedness.

446

909

“Moreover, by uniting their forces let the laity so remedy

the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an

inducement to sin, that these may be conformed to the norms of

justice, favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue. By so

doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral

value.”

447

910

“The laity can also feel called, or be in fact called, to

cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial commu-

nity, for the sake of its growth and life. This can be done through

the exercise of different kinds of ministries according to the grace

and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow on

them.”

448

911

In the Church, “lay members of the Christian faithful can coop-

erate in the exercise of this power [of governance] in accord with the norm

of law.”

449

And so the Church provides for their presence at particular

councils, diocesan synods, pastoral councils; the exercise of the pastoral

care of a parish, collaboration in finance committees, and participation in

ecclesiastical tribunals, etc.

450

443 CIC, can. 212 § 3.

444 Cf.

Phil

2:8-9.

445

LG

36.

446 St. Ambrose,

Psal. 118:

14, 30: PL 15:1476.

447

LG

36 § 3.

448 Paul VI,

EN

73.

449 CIC, can. 129 § 2.

450 Cf. CIC, cann. 443 § 4; 463 §§ 1 and 2; 492 § 1; 511; 517 § 2; 536; 1421 § 2.

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