Get this from a library! Directory for the pastoral ministry of bishops: Apostolorum successores. [Catholic Church. Congregatio pro Episcopis.]. Here is a translation of the Vatican press office’s presentation on the new “ Pastoral Directory for Bishops, ‘Apostolorum Successores,’”. AS Apostolorum successores, Congregation for Bishops, Directory for the Pastoral ministry of Bishops (February 22, ). Vatican City: Libreria Editrice.
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A temporary transfer need not involve excardination, thereby allowing the cleric on his return to retain all the rights he would have enjoyed had he remained in the diocese In fact all Christians, individually and collectively, have the right and the duty to cooperate sucfessores the mission which Christ entrusted to his Church, each according to his own particular vocation and gifts received from the Holy Spirit Catholic Bishops of another rite with jurisdiction in the territory of the Episcopal Conference may be invited to the plenary assembly with a consultative vote.
The pastoral mission of the Apostolic College is perpetuated in the episcopal College, just as the primatial office of Peter is perpetuated in the Roman Pontiff. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
In her relationship apostoporum non-Christian religions, the Church is called to establish a sincere and respectful dialogueavoiding any false irenicism, in order to discover the seeds of truth present in the religious traditions of man and to encourage legitimate spiritual aspirations.
The responsibilities that weigh on the shoulders of siccessores Bishop for the good of the diocese, as well as of society, are great.
In guiding his particular Church, the Bishop should follow the principle according to which he should not normally take to himself what others can accomplish well. Just as the Bishop nurtures alostolorum seeds of vocation in adolescents and young men, so too he needs to provide for the formation of adult vocationsensuring that there are suitable institutions offering a formation programme apostoloruj to the age and state of life of these candidates for the priesthood Succdssores the law of the Church or a special mandate from the Apostolic See gives them binding force, any joint actions by these episcopal gatherings must have, as their primary criterion, a proper sensitivity and respect for the personal responsibility of each Bishop aposrolorum relation to the universal Church and to the particular Church entrusted to him, while duly acknowledging the collegial dimension inherent in the episcopal office.
In this way, the minor seminary can offer an adequate and solid foundation to those who will continue their vocational journey in the major seminary The Bishop, like Christ himself, should manifest the most genuine and perfect human qualities if he is to share the daily life of his people and to be one with them in times of joy and sorrow.
Succeszores should have frequent recourse to the sacrament of penance as a means of reconciliation with God, and he himself should be a minister of reconciliation among the People of God In the exercise of sacred power, the Bishop must show himself to be rich in humanity in imitation of Jesus, the perfect man.
The diocesan Synod is the instrument par excellence for assisting the Bishop in establishing the canonical ordering of the diocesan Church In him, in whom God reconciled all things to himself 2 Cor 5: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, He should also encourage them to enjoy a sufficient period of vacation each year Where pastoral need so suggests, and with the permission of the Apostolic See, the Bishops of a neighbouring diocese, immediately subject to the Holy See, may become associated with joint initiatives.
The Bishop father and pastor of the diocese munus regendi. He should ensure that each gives his best and does so generously, placing his own capacities in the service of God and of the Church, with the mature freedom of the sons of God This power is proper, ordinary and immediate.
The pastoral governance of the Bishop and the life of his diocese must manifest their reciprocal communion with the Roman Pontiff and with the episcopal College, and also with particular sister Churches, especially those present in the same region.
They could set up a house of formation for adult vocations, for the formation of permanent deacons, or for laypersons engaged in the apostolate. Moreover, the diocesan Bishop should assign to him those tasks which, according to legal norms, require a special mandate. The Bishop should also give particular care and attention to ensuring that they are adequately prepared for the task, on a technical, pedagogical, spiritual, human and theological level Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
So the Bishop exercises the ministry entrusted to him not only when discharging within the diocese the functions proper to him, but also when cooperating with his brothers in the episcopate in various supra-diocesan episcopal structures.
Where necessary, the Bishop should do all that is required to prevent abuses, especially those which suggest an attempt to introduce a divorce-like mentality in the Church. By virtue of his communion with Christ the Head, the Bishop has the strict obligation to present himself as the perfecter of the faithfulthat is, as teacher, promoter and example of Christian perfection for the clergy, for consecrated persons living the evangelical counsels, and for the laity, each according to his or her particular vocation.
The Bishop should be broadly disposed to accept into his own sucessores priests from mission countries who request temporary hospitality for study or other purposes.
This spirit of communion with the Bishop will encourage the priests in their own pastoral solicitude as they lead their people towards communion with Christ in the unity of the particular Church.
Through study, the Bishop should follow developments in theology, so as to deepen his knowledge of the Christian mystery, to evaluate, discern and safeguard the purity and integrity of the faith.
Simple in his bearing, he should seek to be affable towards everyone, and should never indulge in favouritism on the basis of wealth or social standing. Not least among these gifts are: In this context, mention is also made of the pastoral Visit, whose importance was attested in the last Synod of Bishops. Together with the other Bishops of the ecclesiastical province, the metropolitan Archbishop succedsores promote joint initiatives intended to offer an adequate response to the needs of the dioceses under his care.
For this reason, just as Jesus manifested his love for the Apostles, so too the Bishop knows that it is his duty to show particular love and solicitude for priests and candidates for the sacred ministry This fundamental criterion should remind those in charge of the commissions to avoid any action based on a false sense of independence or autonomy, as for example the publication on their own initiative of guidelines in a particular pastoral area, or a way of dealing with diocesan structures and commissions that bypasses the essential role of sucxessores respective diocesan Bishop.
The Bishop should insist firmly and with conviction on the importance of the major seminary as a apostoloeum instrument for priestly formationand he should endeavour to provide the diocese with its own major seminaryas an expression of the pastoral care for vocations in the particular Church. He should ensure, moreover, that the documents of the Holy See are brought to the attention of every priest, and, when appropriate, of every member of the faithful; and he should find ways of explaining the content of the documents, so as to make them accessible to everyone.
For the formation of candidates for the priesthood, the Bishops may wish to establish a metropolitan seminary, whether major or minor. The Bishop knows that he has been sent by God, the King of ages cf.
These Dicasteries will proceed to grant the requested recognitio after consultation with other competent departments of the Holy See In this way, the Bishop ensures that priests dedicate themselves completely to whatever is proper to their ministrysince the needs of the Church are great cf.
These structures are a natural consequence of the ever-deepening human and institutional relations beween the countries of a particular geographical region.