Category Archives: Ecclesiae Sanctae III

Ecclesiae Sanctae III 22-24: Finishing Up

Bringing this Vatican II implementation document to a close, we read of … 22. Scientific institutes should be increased in the missions according to needs and possibilities. These should work together with concerted effort so that the labors of research … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 19-21: Resources and Groups

A few topics today. When First Worlders donate to the missions, some of it goes to leadership: 19. In the distribution of subsidies, a suitable share is to be set aside each year for the training and support of local … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 18: Collaboration and Study

This section has a lot of meat on which to chew. First, a suggestion that episcopal conferences work across national borders to serve more effectively: 18. Because it is desirable that episcopal conferences in the missions be united in organic … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 17: Governing, Mutually

Missionary institutes, which would seem to include the main varieties of religious orders established in mission territory, as well as outposts staffed by permanent or temporary, religious or lay, personnel–these folks will need to collaborate with the local bishop: 17. … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 15-16: By The Numbers

A few dry sections, including the make-up of the SCPF, and a breakdown by the numbers: 15. Unless in individual cases the Supreme Pontiff decrees otherwise, 24 representatives take part in the direction of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 13-14: With the Curia

The next several sections outline some responsibilities of and points of collaboration with the curia, particularly the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (SCPF). First, who’s in charge, administratively speaking: 13. (1) There is to be but one … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 9-12: Bishops and Missionary Institutes

Some oversight issues on the level of the national conference: 9. In the episcopal conferences there should be an episcopal commission for the missions which will have the duty of fostering missionary activity, mission awareness, coordinated arrangements for cooperation among … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 7-8: Material Support

Today’s two sections outline very briefly that each diocese support the missions financially. As far as I know, this has always been my experience in every parish I’ve served and lived in: the mission apostolate is supported by a special … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 6: Urgency in Evangelization

We read of urgency here, but how have we done in the past two generations? 6. Realizing the urgency of the evangelization of the world, bishops should promote missionary vocations among their own clergy and youth; and they should provide … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 4-5: Promotion of the Missionary Spirit

In 1966, the Church was concerned about how to promote “the missionary spirit,” and so these concrete ideas were surfaced: 4. A priest should be appointed in each diocese for the effective promotion of missionary undertakings, and he should be … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 2-3: Prayer and Sacrifice

In 1966, bishops were asked to ponder and prepare to discuss the mission apostolate: 2. Episcopal conferences are invited to propose to the Holy See as soon as possible more general questions pertaining to the missions which can be dealt … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 1

To apply the Decree more readily and faithfully, the following are set down: Let’s begin the body of the document with a small nibble. 1. Mission Theology should be so incorporated in the teaching and development of theological doctrine that … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III Introduction

After Vatican II, you liturgy geeks will recall that a small raft of documents was produced to guide the implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. The 1966 document Ecclesiae Sanctae was intended to do the same … Continue reading

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