Category Archives: bishops

Aparecida 172: Parish Renewal

Parishes today have great promise and high hopes. But most do not engage the mission of the Gospel optimally. We have a lot to learn–from the Lord Jesus himself as well as from the best practices of many communities that … Continue reading

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Aparecida 170-171: Parishes

Paragraphs 170 through 177 give us an examination of “the parish, community of communities.” We’ll take this in modest-sized gulps, starting with the Latin American bishops’ regard for the parish as a community of missionary disciples: 170. Among the ecclesial communities … Continue reading

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Aparecida 168-169: Diocese As Missionary Community

Today, a first word from Pope John Paul II: 168. The diocese is called to be a “missionary community” in all its communities and structures.(Christifidelis Laici 32) Followed by an important directive from the Aparecida bishops: Each diocese needs to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 166-167: More On The Diocese

It seems like waffling language, but the Aparecida bishops are spot on with their assessment of “fully,” but “not the whole.” 166. The particular church is fully church, but it is not the whole church. It is the concrete embodiment … Continue reading

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Aparecida 164-165: A Privileged Place For Communion

In today’s post and in the days ahead, we’ll examine various loci in which communion is fostered. First among places is the diocese, which the Aparecida bishops regard as a “privileged place of communion.” One important message in all this for … Continue reading

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Aparecida 161-163: Communion in Community

One family under God: 161. The church is communion in love. This is its essence and the sign by which it is called to be recognized as follower of Christ and servant of humankind. The new commandment is what unites … Continue reading

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Aparecida 159-160: A Community of Love

Today, we look at two paragraphs somewhat heavily footnoted by recent documents.   159. The Church, as “community of love,”(DCE 19) is called to reflect the glory of God’s love, and thus attract persons and peoples to Christ. In practicing … Continue reading

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