Today we begin reading our 9th conciliar document: the Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests. Along with Gaudium et Spes, Dignitatis Humanae and Ad Gentes — all of which we have already read — Presbyterorum Ordinis was also promulgated on the final day of the Council.
Today we read the Preface (article 1) in which the Council Fathers recognize that they have laid many responsibilities upon priests throughout the other documents. As such, they saw fit to dedicate a document to looking at the life of priests.
Here is the footnote:
1. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Dec. 4, 1963; AAS 56 (1964) pp 7ff; Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium Nov. 21, 1964: AAS 57 (1965) p 5ff; Decree Christus Dominus on Pastoral Duties of Bishops, Oct. 28, 1965; Decree on Priestly Training, Oct. 28, 1965.