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Pistone, John. “Review: Co-Workers in the Vineyard.” Deacon Digest, Sept.-Oct, 2006, pp. 12-13.
After highlighting some major points of the document, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord,” Pistone proceeds to define what constitutes a lay ecclesial minister and ends with a discussion of the Bishop’s statement as it relates to the relationship between lay ministers and deacons. Noting that the document is intended as a resource for planning, it is therefore not exhaustive in its analysis of the lay ecclesial minister in the parish and that each diocese needs to “review its own situation and… develop appropriate plans.” His discussion of the statement comes off as generally positive.
Rake, Kristina. The Catholic Library Association. “Review: Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord.”
Rake notes that this publication stresses the important role of the laity in the Church and the world and recognizes that some laity hear a call to build the Church up from within, a point the bishops encourage. Nevertheless, it is important to notice the important distinctions between the laity and those religious life in this process, a point this Bishop’s publication also emphasizes. Rake proceeds to lay out the general structure of the document and ends by declaring that “it should be considered an important addition to Catholic libraries.”
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