Category Archives: Christus Dominus

A Bishop Is More Than Employer

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to The Tablet with a legal defense for a British diocese: The diocese of Portsmouth this week insisted that a priest accused of abusing a child was employed “in the service” of God, not by … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 44: The Last Word

Delegation. Love it or hate it, the council indeed left many specifics to the future work of bishops, commissions, and experts in particular fields. This sacred synod prescribes that in the revision of the code of canon law suitable laws … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 42-43: Outside Usual Channels

Close to the end of the document … Since pastoral needs require more and more that some pastoral undertakings be directed and carried forward as joint projects, it is fitting that certain offices be created for the service of all … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 39-41: Church Mapmaking

Vatican II wasn’t a completely head-in-the-clouds experience. Christus Dominus 39-41 speaks of “fitting boundaries” for dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces. National or regional episcopal conferences are to work out details, then submit “suggestions and desires” to Rome.

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Christus Dominus 36-38: Bishops in Synods, Councils, and Conferences

Those who see the USCCB as a candidate for bureaucratic downsizing, consider Christus Dominus 36: From the very first centuries of the Church bishops, as rulers of individual churches, were deeply moved by the communion of fraternal charity and zeal … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus: An Evangelical View

from Neil “Bishops should dedicate themselves to their apostolic office as witness of Christ before all men.” – Christus Dominus, 11 What would a Protestant make of this statement? This should not be a meaningless question asked out of mere … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 33-35: Bishops and Religious

Christus Dominus 33-35 deals with the relationship between bishops and religious. CD 33 says nothing new: religious are to cooperate in ministry for “the particular churches.” They pray, perform acts of penance, and give life example for others. “With due … Continue reading

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