Many ex-members I spoke with felt like financial matters were off limits from the laity.
The laity (mostly women) arrive bearing wicker trays on which are vessels containing rice and delicacies.
Not only monks and priests should be allowed to teach, but also the laity.
The clergy were separated from the laity by a very pronounced differentiation.
But there is, I fear, some justification for such a criticism from the laity.
The emancipation of the laity, thought these judges, is perhaps a more dangerous heresy than justification by faith.
Do not depend on the penury of the laity, let his own order value his deserts.
Was the first Sunday school established under direction of the clergy or the laity?
They are the priests of a religion, and can never descend to the charges of the laity.
And Elizabeth turns her visions into texts, and preaches vigorous sermons, denouncing the vices of the clergy as well as laity.