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{{orthodoxize}}In religious organizations, the The '''laity''' comprises all '''lay persons''' collectively. This can mean either means any person who is not a member of the [[clergy]] or of any [[monastic]] order or. In the Orthodox Church, within such an order, a monastic who the laity are the people of God and are responsible for preserving the integrity of the faith as much as the bishops. The example for this that is often given is not a that of bishops being refused entrance to their cities after the [[priestCouncil of Florence]]until they recanted of their signatures.The laity refused to accept that the Council's decisions were in accord with the Orthodox faith. {{stub}}
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