What is a layman?


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Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
A layman (or layperson) is a non-ordained member of a church. Laity, which means "common people", is from the Greek "laikos", which means "of the people". 

In contrast, a cleric is an ordained member of the church. Clergy is from the Greek "kleros", which means "that which is assigned by lot". In the Catholic tradition, clerics include deacons, priests and bishops. The term also includes nuns, friars and monks.

The church is composed of clergy and laity, that is, ordained and non-ordained members.

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