Archbishop William Lori stressed the importance of laity involvement in efforts to defend religious freedom from the ongoing threats in the U.S. His remarks were made recently at the 2012 National Religious Freedom award dinner:
“It’s important, of course, for bishops to be teachers and leaders.” But “it is crucial for lay men and women, mothers and fathers of families, lay leaders in all walks of life to advocate for freedom and justice in our society,” Archbishop Lori told CNA on June 9.
“Without those voices and without the involvement of the laity, we just won’t get very far,” he added.
“In the Church’s understanding,” he explained, “it is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society. It is the laity who are the forefront of creating what Pope Paul VI called the ‘civilization of love.'”