Today we conclude our reading from the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church.
The document closes with a “general directive” from the Council Fathers that everything mentioned in the document be factored into the revisions to Canon Law and also the production of certain specialized directories, of which they mention what will eventually become the General Catechetical Directory of 1971.
Today in the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, we continue to look at the cooperation of bishops with each other.
In today’s reading, we look at the third and final section of this chapter where the Council Fathers examine “Bishops Having an Inter-Diocesan Office.” Article 42 speaks of the necessity of having some bishops take on certain roles for “joint ventures” amongst dioceses of a region. Article 43 asks for the establishment of a military vicariate in eaqch nation.
Here are the footnotes:
1. cf. Consistorial Congregation’s Instruction to Military Ordinariates, April 23, 1951: A.A.S. 43 (1951) pp. 562-565; Formula Regarding the Conferring of the Status of Military Ordinariates, Oct. 20, 1956: A.A.S. 49 (1957) pp. 150-163; Decree on Ad Limina Visits of Military Ordinariates, Feb. 28, 1959: A.A.S. 51 (1959) pp. 272-274; Decree on the Granting of Faculties for Confessions to Military Chaplains, Nov. 27, 1960: A.A.S. 53 (1961) pp. 49-50. Also cf. Congregation of Religious’ Instruction on Religious Military Chaplains, Feb. 2, 1955: A.A.S. 47 (1955) pp. 93-97.
2. cf. Consistorial Congregation’s letter to the cardinals, archbishops and bishops of Spanish-speaking nations, June 27, 1951: A.A.S. 43 (1951) p. 566.
In today’s reading from the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, we continueto look at the cooperation of bishops with each other.
Having just completed this chapter’s first section on episcopal conferences, today we look at the second section on “The Boundaries of Ecclesiastical Provinces and the Erection of Ecclesiastical Regions.” Here, the Council Fathers take much of what they discussed in articles 23 & 24 with regards to diocesan boundaries and apply it to the drawing of boundaries for ecclesiastical provinces.
Today in the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, we continue with the Council’s look at the cooperation of bishops with each other.
Yesterday’s reading started off this section with some general points. In article 38, the Council Fathers lay out some specific decrees on how national episcopal conferences are to be organized.
Today in the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, we begin the third anf final chapter of the document “Concerning Bishops Cooperating for the Common Good of Many Churches.”
The first of this chapter’s three sections looks at “Synods, Councils, and especially Episcopal Conferences.” Articles 36 and 37 give the backdrop by stating that episcopal collaboration has been around since the earliest days of the Church (article 36) and remains an important part of the Church today (article 37).
In today’s reading from the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, we conclude Chapter II, which constitutes the bulk of the document.
In this final section of the helpers for the bishops, we continue from yesterday’s reading with a look at the religious. Article 35 spells out some of the details as to the relationship of religious with the local bishop as far as deference owed to him while also respecting their religious community.
Here are the footnotes:
18. cf. Pius XII’s allocution of Dec. 8, 1950: A.A.S. 43 (1951) p. 28; also cf. Paul VI’s allocution of May 23, 1964: A.A.S. 56 (1964) p. 571.
19. cf. Leo XIII’s apostolic constitution, Romanos Pontifices, May 8, 1881: Acta Leonis XIII, vol. 2, 1882, p. 234.
20. cf. Paul VI’s allocution of May 23, 1964: A.A.S. 56 (1965) pp. 570-571.
21. cf. Pius XII’s allocution of Dec. 8, 1950, 1. c.
Today in the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, we continue reading the third section of Chapter II on “Assistants in the Pastoral Office of the Diocesan Bishops.”
After looking at diocesan clergy, the Council Fathers now turn their attention to religious in this final part of this section. Article 33 offers some introductory remarks about how all who profess the evangelical counsels are called to offer “prayer, works of penance and the example of their own life”. Article 34 speaks of religious priests in particular and how they — along with all religious — are also part of the diocesan family.