Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

Aparecida 186-187: Bishops As Missionary Disciples

Paragraphs 186 through 190 address the matter of “Bishops, missionary disciples of Jesus High Priest.” The Vatican II document on the ministry of bishops is cited: 186. As successors of the apostles, together with the Supreme Pontiff and under his … Continue reading

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Aparecida 184-185: Missionary Disciples With Specific Vocations

Every baptized person can and could aspire to be a disciple. A lot of ink and keystrokes are expended on the ministry/volunteer thing. Extremists on both sides miss the point. That said, this coming section looks at ministries/roles/duties (however you … Continue reading

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Aparecida 181-183: Communion Between The Churches

Paragraph 181 begins a section entitled, “Episcopal conferences and communion between the churches.” First, a reminder that bishops share and interact in responsibility: 181. In addition to the service that they provide in their particular churches, the bishops exercise this … Continue reading

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Aparecida 179-180: More on Base Communities

In paragraph 178, we ended with some concern on the part of bishops for base communities that have lost an “authentic feel” for the Church. I mentioned in my comment on it that quite a number of groups might well … Continue reading

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Aparecida 178: Base Communities

Base communities. Small groups. Intentional living. Lots of variations on this point, moving away from the parish. We know parishes can’t provide the level of personal interaction needed by people. Let’s read what the Aparecida bishops build on, a tradition … Continue reading

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Aparecida 177: Sacrament of Reconciliation

You readers know I’m a skeptic when it comes to any notion of “exceptionalism” in generations–good or bad. When I read observations about a loss of a sense of sin, I think, “That’s not new. That’s always going on.” 177. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 176: The Imagination of Charity

A citation from Pope John Paul II on “the imagination of charity” blends with a call for the parish church to be on the watch for every possible opportunity to present itself and its members as agents for Christ in … Continue reading

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