PROFILE OF THE 21ST CENTURY CATHOLIC
The Mission and Ministry of the Laity
Voice of the Faithful emerged because Catholics took their Baptismal
responsibilities seriously. Active Catholics stepped forward to offer
leadership following the clergy sexual abuse crisis as their way of following
Christ in the 21st Century. For many early VOTF members, Vatican II was
the formative experience in their adult life in the Church. They had been
formed to function as central to all the ministries in the Church such
as liturgy, education, social ministries and a wide variety of other ministries.
VOTF has discovered, however, that many Catholics have not been adequately
educated on the teaching of Vatican II. To make the documents of Vatican
II more understandable and livable, we have adapted the behavioral model
of William Marston for your reflection.
As Catholics, we are called to live our faith and respond to the Gospel
by constantly seeking to improve the social order founded on truth, built
on justice, and animated by love. To do this we must:
We are called to actively build up the Body of Christ by sharing in
the priestly, prophetic and kingly (or temporal) offices of Christ
Make Competent Decisions
The social order we work toward requires constant attention. To do
this, we must:
be led by the Spirit through our consciences – the inner
voice of God at work in us.
discern God’s will in addressing
the needs of society.
be active according to our talents and the knowledge
We are called to work collaboratively
within parishes to resolve societal problems.
We are to model Christ in all our thoughts and actions as we
witness to the ministry, cross, and resurrection of Jesus.
When necessary we must use the political system to create
a more just society that will support the Gospel's moral
dignity and the common good.
Prudently, Prophetically, and Courageously transform our church
and society to reflect the love of God for all
Although we are to be prudent in what we choose to put our talents
behind, we work vigorously to uphold the common good and make our
initial budding forth of the Reign of God" (Paul VI).
William Moulton Marston, a Massachusetts born and Harvard educated psychologist,
developed a behavioral theory characterizing all behaviors into a typology
of dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance. His categories were
used in organizing this paradigm of the 21st century Catholic.