Day #283: Optatam Totius 12

Today in the Decree on Priestly Training, we conclude the chapter on the spiritual training of priests.

Article 12 finishes off this section by placing certain responsibilities upon the bishop with regards to his seminarians.  It is up to the bishop to find the proper time to introduce seminarians to an intense practice of the spiritual life, and to take some time off from study to gain some pastoral experience in the field.  The bishop also has the freedom to raise the age for ordination above that of the general norms and to require a certain period of time in the transitional diaconate for his seminarians.

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