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Clergy and laity share ‘co-responsibility’ in Church, bishop says

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – When Bishop Frank Caggiano wanted to launch a tech-savvy initiative for the evangelization of young adults, he recruited a handful of laypeople experienced in youth ministry.

Together, they assembled a polished, multi-faceted program, including catechetical videos, through which teens could explore their faith online.

Then he asked some teens what they thought.

“The first thing out of their mouth: ‘Bishop, videos? Oh, come on. Podcasts!’” Caggiano said, who leads the Diocese of Bridgeport.

The experience gave him an even greater appreciation for the need of co-responsibility between laity and clergy in fulfilling the Church’s mission, he said.

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