The burgeoning of associations of the laity, which are such a typical feature of the contemporary Church, is by no means unprecedented guide Totus du Management PDF the Church’s history. The latter half of the 19th century saw the founding of the Vincentian Conferences by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, the Union of Catholic Apostolate by St Vincent Pallotti, educational initiatives by St John Bosco, and social work by Blessed Adolph Kolping, to mention but a few of the many society-oriented associations that were established in that period, and which were to flow into the Catholic movement of social and welfare organisations which Leo XIII did so much to encourage. It was also in that period that Catholic Action was founded.
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L’auteur de ce guide met son expérience de praticien au service des personnes désireuses de mener à bien un projet leur tenant à coeur Elles puiseront dans cet ouvrage des méthodes et des pratiques performantes ayant déjà prouvé leur efficacité, rehaussées d’une dimension humaine empruntée à la doctrine sociale de l’Eglise.
Illustré de nombreux exemples concrets, ce livre se lit comme un manuel d’apprentissage. Il montre que les valeurs de compétence et d’humanité – bien loin d’être antinomiques – se complètent de façon harmonieuse pour conduire au succès.
Jean-François DEBIOL, 45 ans, né à Scionzier (Haute Savoie), est ingénieur de l’Ecole Catholique d’Arts et Métiers de Lyon et père de trois enfants. Actuellement cadre supérieur au sein du groupe Renault Trucks, il a exercé depuis vingt ans des responsabilités multiples dans le domaine de l’encadrement et de l’animation des personnes.
It went on to flourish, particularly during the Pontificate of Pius XI, and from it specialised associations of Catholics emerged to address specific age groups and environments. More recently, giving renewed vigour to the Church’s acknowledgement of the dignity and responsibility of all Christians by virtue of their baptism, Vatican II not only gave a powerful impetus to the whole universe of lay associations, but also to the emergence of new charisms and new forms of associations going by the name of ’ecclesial movements’ and ’new communities’. Christ’s faithful may freely establish and direct associations which serve charitable or pious purposes or which foster the Christian vocation in the world ». Both are co-essential to the divine constitution of the Church founded by Jesus, because they both help to make the mystery of Christ and his saving grace present in the world. Charisms are gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church to make it ever more able to perform its mission in the world, and should therefore be welcomed with gratitude, and accompanied and helped to develop.
The canonical recognition that they officially receive from the Church authorities confirms the validity of what they offer the faithful as a genuine means of moving forward towards the holiness of personal and community life. The Directory is a response to the invitation extended by John Paul II to the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Christifideles Laici to draw up a list of associations which have received the « official recognition and explicit approval » of the Holy See. It was in April 2000 that the Pontifical Council began by sending a form to all the international associations of the faithful in contact with it, to be used as the blueprint for submitting information on what they are and what they do. This Directory, which contains 122 associations of the faithful, is the first publication by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in which such a full and systematic treatment has been given to the associations in the contemporary lay Catholic world. Where no data has been submitted, the relevant items have been omitted. Reiterating the urgent need for a new evangelisation, John Paul II constantly referred to the role of « forms of association, whether of the more traditional kind or the newer ecclesial movements, which continue to give the Church a vitality that is God’s gift ».