The 22-page document from the Congregation for the Clergy warns that under no circumstances can lay people give the homily during the celebration of the Eucharist.
“We must seek the ways to restore the place of God in society and above all in the hearts of our young people.”
New role will see lay people commissioned as leaders of faith-based education programmes in partnership with priests and parish communities.
“All of us can play our part in making such a plan work on the ground here in Ireland" - Archbishop Eamon Martin.
“If you want to be a fisher of people you have to push the boat out": Bishop Donal McKeown.
In his Christmas message, Bishop Kevin Doran says the equal dignity of every person is beyond doubt.