Praedicate Evangelium 95-97: Bishops and the DDWDS

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. You can find the document in Italian. But that’s it, at least for late May 2022.

One of the threads of the Pope Francis reform is that the curia exists to support the local bishops, not the other way around. We see much of that in the last three paragraphs of the section (88-97) on the liturgy dicastery.

95. The Dicastery collaborates with the diocesan Bishops so that the cultic expressions of pious exercises of the Christian people may be increased in conformity with the norms of the Church and in harmony with the sacred liturgy, recalling their principles and giving guidelines for their fruitful implementation in the particular Churches.

96. The Dicastery assists the Bishops in their proper office of being the moderators, promoters and custodians of the entire liturgical life of the Church entrusted to them, providing guidance and suggestions to promote proper liturgical formation, so as to prevent and eliminate possible abuses.

97. In order to carry out its tasks in the best way possible, the Dicastery, in addition to its Members and Consultors, avails itself of the collaboration and periodic comparison with the Episcopal Commissions for the Liturgy of the various Episcopal Conferences and with the International Committees for the translations of liturgical books into the languages common to several nations. It also makes careful use of the contribution in liturgical matters of the Institutes of Higher Ecclesiastical Studies.

Praedicate Evangelium is Copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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