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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He should have frequent recourse to the sacrament of penance as a means of reconciliation with Aposotlorum, and he himself should be a minister of reconciliation among the People of God In this way the diocesan Bishop personally avails himself of the opportunity to evaluate the quality of his episcopal service for the good of the whole diocese.
These include meetings of Bishops from the ecclesiastical province, from the ecclesiastical Region where the Apostolic See has established one and, first and foremost, the Episcopal Conference itself.
The Bishop should be particularly keen to participate, whenever possible, aposttolorum formation gatherings arranged by various ecclesial bodies: The Bishop must be a man of contemplation as well as a man of action, so that his apostolate can become contemplata aliis tradere.
Such dialogue can lead to new insights into the deepest truths of the Christian mystery, an ever greater understanding of the Word of God and the appropriation of suitable methods and language with which to present it to the modern world. In this way, the entire mystical Body of Christ is also a body of Churches 17generating a wonderful reciprocity, since the riches of the life succedsores works of each one redound to the good of the whole Church.
This configuration to Christ allows the Bishop to submit his whole being to the Holy Spirit in order to integrate within himself his different roles as member of the Church and simultaneously head and shepherd of the Christian people, as brother and as father, as disciple of Christ and teacher of faith, as son of the Church and, in some sense, father of the Church, as minister of the supernatural rebirth of Christians.
The Bishop should encourage a spirit of initiative among his priests, avoiding anything that might lead them to understand obedience in a passive and irresponsible manner.
“Apostolorum Successores”: New directory for Bishops
Trent to Vatican II, ed. If the diocese is not able to support its own seminary, the Bishop should combine his resources with those of neighbouring dioceses in order to establish an interdiocesan seminary, or he should send his candidates to the seminary closest to his diocese Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils,Volume Two: The spirit affectus of collegiality, which is more than a mere sense of solidarity, is manifested in different degrees and the acts which derive from it may have juridical consequences.
The common priesthood and the ministerial or hierarchical priesthood differ essentially, even if they are ordered one to another, since each shares in its own proper way in the one priesthood of Christ. He should also ensure the necessary clarity so that it is obvious when an instruction is obligatory and when it is merely a guideline, what type of conduct is prescribed and what is prohibited.
Project MUSE – The Teaching Ministry of the Diocesan Bishop and Its Collaborative Exercise
The whole of his formation is directed towards a deeper contemplation of the face of Christ and a true communion of life with the Good Shepherd. In his life and works, in his death and resurrection, Jesus united himself with us, gave himself up for apoostolorum, and made known to us the ways of God.
In fulfilling his episcopal ministry, the diocesan Bishop should be guided by certain fundamental principles which characterize his modus operandi and inform his life.
Dialogue with experts in pastoral science and in socio-pedagogical fields further assists his pastoral formation; so too does in-depth study of the law, of liturgical texts and the spirit of the liturgy. This does not exclude, but rather presupposes the exercise of his authority, as well as his counsel and exhortation exhortation, so that the roles and activities of each person may be respected by others and rightly ordered to the common good.
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, moreover, should be aware that this succexsores of community requires continuous dialogue between the teaching staff of the seminary, the parents of the students and the school The diocese is entrusted to the pastoral care of the Bishop, assisted by his presbyterate; he presides over it with sacred power, as a teacher of doctrine, a priest of sacred worship and a minister of governance In exercising the legislative function, the diocesan Bishop should keep in mind some basic principles:.
Totally new, in relation to the preceding Directory, is the third chapter on the spirituality and permanent formation of the Bishop in which, after referring to the sources of episcopal spirituality, the Bishop is reminded of his path toward holiness in pastoral charity. The Bishop should encourage priests of different generations to come to know one another, urging in the younger ones a genuine respect and veneration for their older brethren, and in the older priests a desire to support and accompany their younger brethren, aostolorum that the whole presbyterate feels united around the Bishop, jointly responsible with him for the particular Church.
Obviously, the holiness to which the Bishop is called requires the practice of the virtues, first and foremost the theological virtues, because by their nature they direct man towards God. March 09, Through word and example, through his paternal and watchful care, the Bishop cannot ignore or leave undone the task of holding up to the world the great truth of a holy and chaste Church, in her ministers and in her faithful.
These episcopal gatherings are expressions of the collegial dimension of the episcopal ministry and its need to adapt to the different human situations in which the Church exercises her saving mission Its inner unity and energy is found through pastoral charity, which may rightly be called the bond of episcopal perfection: They live in the dignity and the freedom of the children of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells in their hearts as in a temple.
In fact the Bishop has ultimate responsibility for the admission of candidates to holy orders.
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.
The Bishop should never forget the pastoral principle by which, in governing his own particular Church well, he contributes to the welfare of the whole People of God, which is a corporate body of Churches. In this Directory, whatever is drawn from the discipline of the Church retains the same force that it has in its original source. The functions of teaching, sanctifying and governing are intimately interconnected. The Bishop should be vigilant that priests, including religious priests, are correctly attiredaccording to the universal law of the Church and the norms of the Episcopal Conferenceso that their priestly dignity is always evident.
The Conference has certain pastoral functions of its own, which it exercises through collegial acts of government, and it is the most suitable vehicle for promoting all kinds of joint pastoral initiatives for the good of the faithful