This is the ACI submission to the Plenary Council 2020 currently being prepared by the Catholic Church in Australia. Australian Cardijn Institute Submission to the Australian Plenary Council 6 March 2019 1. Introduction The Australian Cardijn Institute Cooperative Ltd was founded in 2018 to promote and carry out research and studies based on the methods developed by Joseph Cardijn, founder of the Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement, and to provide education and training programs for community leaders and organisers and others based on this. Our submission seeks to highlight several key issues and points that Cardijn fought to promote at Vatican II, many of which were ultimately adopted at the Council. We propose that the Australian Plenary Council take up these points in formulating its vision for the role of the Australian Catholic Church during the 21st century. 2. The lay apostolate In his first (written) intervention for the Council, Cardijn offered the following definition of the lay apostolate. THE APOSTOLATE OF LAY PEOPLE,
- is the lay (secular) life of lay people, the problems of that life, at every level: local, regional, national and international;
- is the divine value of this life to implement the work of God and Christ, in order to transform life and the world;
- is a transformation that must take place with, by and in Christ and the Church, with the resources of the Church (prayer, sacraments, etc.) but which are incarnated in the affairs of the world, the institutions of the world, in view of the inseparable goals that are the happiness of humanity and the glory of God
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