Category Archives: Christus Dominus

Christus Dominus 16: A Bishop’s Practical Manual, of Sorts

The next six sections of Christus Dominus (16-21) together with the previous five have a sense of being a how-to manual for bishops. I’m not wishing to explicitly embarass bishops in general or in particular, but this being a public … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 15: The Role of Sanctifying

Christus Dominus 15 deals with “the office of sanctifying.” (Other members of that trinity: teaching and governing) It tells you what you would expect it to: the traditional understanding of bishops as “enjoy(ing) the fullness of the sacrament of orders,” … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 14: Bishops and Catechesis

Fairly relevant section, I think, this Christus Dominus 14. Behold: Bishops should take pains that catechetical instruction-which is intended to make the faith, as illumined by teaching, a vital, explicit and effective force in the lives of men-be given with … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 13: Bishop and Diocese, part 3

Christus Dominus section 13 continues the chapter discussed in the past two CD posts. Bishops must be able to teach “in a manner adapted to the needs of the times, that is to say, in a manner that will respond … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 12: Bishop and Diocese part 2

Teaching is “conspicuous among the principal duties” of bishops, so it says in Christus Dominus 12. It also says what you might expect it to say: emphasize the saving mission of Christ, teach according to Church doctrine, support human good … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 11: Bishop and Diocese, part 1

Christus Dominus 11 begins the second chapter of the document, which details the relationship of the bishop with his diocese. A diocese is defined in two ways: a portion of the people of God which is entrusted to a bishop … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 8-9: Your Local Bishop and Rome

The second section of the first chapter of Christus Dominus treats the relationship of the bishop with Rome. First, a nod to the authority of the local bishop: pretty much everything that Rome hasn’t already covered: To bishops, as successors … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 7: In Dungeons Dark and Prisons Vile …

Christus Dominus 7 states: Let (bishops) especially embrace in brotherly affection those bishops who, for the sake of Christ, are plagued with slander and indigence, detained in prisons, or held back from their ministry. They should take an active brotherly … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 6: Looking Beyond the Bounds of One’s Diocese

Some of the sentiment in Christus Dominus 6 reflects the social concerns of the 50’s and 60’s. It also weaves in notions that undercut the false sense of the Catholic Church as a corporation or an army: pope at the … Continue reading

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On the Way to Christus Dominus

(From Neil) As Todd reminded us, the first chapter of Christus Dominus says, “By virtue of sacramental consecration and hierarchical communion with the head and members of the college, bishops are constituted as members of the episcopal body.” This “order … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 4-5: Bishops and the Universal Church, part 1

Christus Dominus 4 and 5 begin the first chapter of the document which commences an examination of the relationship between bishops and the universal Church. Bishops are first and foremost members of a community, “constituted as members of the episcopal … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 1-3: Preface

The Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops, aka Christus Dominus, this 1965 document summarizes the Vatican II discussions on the episcopal office, including the interface between the bishop and Rome, his diocese, other bishops. CD has been criticized in … Continue reading

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