Category Archives: Christus Dominus

Christus Dominus 28-32: Bishops and their Clergy

Christus Dominus 28-32 details the relationship between the bishop and the clergy of his diocese. Religious priests also are “constituted prudent cooperators of the episcopal order,” but diocesan priests hold “first place” because “they have fully dedicated themselves in the … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 27: Who Advises the Bishop?

Christus Dominus 27 tells us. The most important office in the diocesan curia is that of vicar general. However, as often as the proper government of the diocese requires it, one or more episcopal vicars can be named by the … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 25-26: One Diocese, Two or More Bishops

You know the difference, right? Auxiliaries have no right of succession; co-adjutors generally do. Christus Dominus 25-26 lays out the need for a bishop who needs help with a demanding job and stresses the need for unity among multiple bishops … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 22-24: Bishops and Geography

Three sections of Christus Dominus speak of some practical matters. CD 22 speaks of practical matters for the good of the faithful: “a fitting revision of diocesan boundaries be undertaken prudently and as soon as possible. This can be done … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 20-21: Steering into Specifics

Nearly halfway through Christus Dominus, and I’ll tell you there are occasional good bits ahead, but the heavy theological work is behind us already. Sections 20 and 21 deal with the alpha and omega events of a bishop’s career: appointment … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 19: Some Cold Water

Christus Dominus 19 states: In discharging their apostolic office, which concerns the salvation of souls, bishops per se enjoy full and perfect freedom and independence from any civil authority. Hence, the exercise of their ecclesiastical office may not be hindered, … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 18: Who Falls Under the “Special Concern” of Bishops

According to Christus Dominus 18, it is “migrants, exiles and refugees, seafarers, air-travelers, gypsies, and others of this kind. Suitable pastoral methods should also be promoted to sustain the spiritual life of those who go to other lands for a … Continue reading

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