32. An adequate renewal of pastoral methods in the diocese requires a deeper knowledge of whatever concretely affects the local human and religious life, so that from this source can flow objective and appropriate theological reflection, priorities in the field of action can be established, a plan of pastoral action can be formed and, finally, what has been realized can be examined periodically. This work may require that bishops, with the help of competent persons, chosen also from among religious, create and maintain study commissions and research centers. Such undertakings appear more and more necessary not only to offer people a more updated formation but also to give pastoral activities a rational structure.
Simply put, MR 31 counsels the following:
- theological reflection
- setting priorities
- pastoral planning
- periodic evaluation
Too much bureaucracy? And if so, how do bishops and religious realize a harmonious and effective working environment in ministry?
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