Lapsed Catholic — a Catholic who has ceased practising the Catholic faith.

Latin Church

Latin liturgical rites

Law, canon — see: Canon law

Lay communion — the status of a cleric who is in communion with the Church, but only with the standing of a lay person.

Lay ecclesial ministry

Lectio Divina


Lector — see: Reader

Limbo — an idea of speculative theology about the afterlife condition of those unbaptized who die in Original Sin rather than assigning them to the Hell of the damned. Limbo is not a formally defined doctrine of the Catholic Church

Latria — worship and prayer owed to God alone

Liturgy — public worship

Local ordinary