Day #39: Lumen Gentium 27

“But the faithful must cling to their bishop, as the Church does to Christ, and Jesus Christ to the Father, so that all may be of one mind through unity, and abound to the glory of God.”

We continue our reading of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.  Today, we look again at the bishops, in particular at the local bishop and his relationship with his own flock.  He has legitimate authority over them, yet he leads as a servant and the shepherd who lays his life down for his sheep.

Here are the Scripture citations:

169 Cf. Lk. 22:26-27.

170 Cf. Mt. 20:28; Mk. 10:45.

171 Cf. Jn. 10:11.

172 Cf. Heb. 5:1-2.

173 Cf. Heb. 13:17.

174 Cf. Rom. 1:14-15.

175 Cf. 1 Cor. 4:15.

And the footnotes:

(58) Benedictus XIV, Br. Romana Ecclesia, 5 oct. 1752, p 1: Bullarium Benedicti XIV, t. IV, Romae, 1758, 21: . Episcopus Christi typum gerit, Eiusque munere fungitur. Pius XII, Litt. Encycl. Mystici Corporis, 1. c., p. 211: . Assignatos sibi greges singuli singulos Christi nomine pascunt et regunt.

(59) Leo XIII, Epist. Encycl. Satis cognitum, 29 iun. 1896: ASS 28 (1895-96) p. 732. Idem, Epist. Officio sanctissimo, 22 dec. 1887: AAS 20 (1887) p. 264. Pius IX itt. Apost. ad Episcopol Geraniae, 12 mart. 1875, et alloc. onsist., 15 mart. 187S: Denz. 112-3117, in nova ed. tantum.

(60) Conc. Vat. I, Const. dogm. Pastor aeternus, 3: Denz. 1828 ( 3061) . Cfr. Relatio Zinelli: Mand 1 2, 1114 D.

(61) Cfr. S. Ignatius M., ad ephes. 5, 1: ed. Funk, I, p. 216.

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