IN very clear terms the Church has, in keeping with the times, made known her wish that the laity take on full responsibility for human society and that the primary duty of the Catholic priesthood today is to form lay apostles.
"Set yourselves therefore to the task," said Pope Pius XII on Christmas Day, 1943. " Do not stand idly by in all this destruction. Step forward and build a new social order for Christ."
In 1942 His Holiness said: "There can be no question for a Christian who weighs history with the Spirit of Christ of returning to the past, but only of the right advance upon the future."
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