Mutuae Relationes 67: A Pope’s Authority and Initiatives

SenanquecloisterYou can check the full document online here, but here is the last numbered section of Mutuae Relationes, which reminds us of the pope’s authority over the curia and the establishing of cooperation between bishops and religious on the level of the Vatican:

67. On the universal level, the successor of Peter exercises a ministry specifically his own on behalf of the entire Church; however “in exercising his supreme, full and immediate authority over the universal Church the Roman Pontiff employs the various departments of the Roman Curia” (Christus Dominus 9).

The Roman Pontiff himself has promoted some forms of cooperation of religious with the Holy See, by approving the council of the union of both men and women superiors general at the Sacred Congregation for Religious and for Secular Institutes (cf. Ecclesiae Sanctae II, 42) and by allowing the introduction of representatives of religious at the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (cf. ES II, 16) .

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