Aparecida 518bc: Urban Developments For Scales Big And Small

Two more needs for urban ministry as we read the introduction to this section:

518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their outskirts, both believers and non-believers, can find fullness of life in Christ, we feel the need that pastoral agents, as disciples and missionaries, must to strive to develop:

b) A comprehensive collaborative ministry to integrate parishes, religious communities, small communities, movements, and institutions dealing with the city into a common plan with the goal of reaching the city as a whole. For large cities encompassing several dioceses, an interdiocesan plan is required.

On one hand, cooperation across various ecclesial boundaries.

c) A sectorization approach dividing parishes into small units allowing for closer interaction and more effective service.

On the other, smaller groups.

A conflict? Maybe not. 518b is mainly for the benefit of ministers and disciples, to ensure that resources are available for those who serve. 518c is directed to those who come to the Church, to provide for human accompaniment that moves past institutional impenetrability.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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