Mutuae Relationes 38: Responsibility of Religious Superiors

SenanquecloisterIt makes sense that leadership in religious communities also bears responsibility for a fruitful engagement of their members in the life and ministry of a diocese. Do you think bishops and superiors talk more than they did in 1978?

38. Major superiors will take great care not only to have a knowledge of the talents and possibilities of their religious but also of the apostolic needs of the dioceses where their institute is called to work. Wherefore it is desirable that a concrete and global dialog be carried on between the bishop and the superiors of the various institutes present in the diocese, so that, especially in view of certain precarious situations and the persistent vocational crisis, religious personnel can be more evenly and fruitfully distributed.

The document raises the concern of vocations. Large communities will have a widespread footprint in many dioceses, most likely. It seems to me that places where the Church is endangered or persecuted that communication and cooperation would be essential.

Your thoughts or comments? Remember, you can check the full document online here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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