Category Archives: Christus Dominus

A Bishop Is More Than Employer

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to The Tablet with a legal defense for a British diocese: The diocese of Portsmouth this week insisted that a priest accused of abusing a child was employed “in the service” of God, not by … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 44: The Last Word

Delegation. Love it or hate it, the council indeed left many specifics to the future work of bishops, commissions, and experts in particular fields. This sacred synod prescribes that in the revision of the code of canon law suitable laws … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 42-43: Outside Usual Channels

Close to the end of the document … Since pastoral needs require more and more that some pastoral undertakings be directed and carried forward as joint projects, it is fitting that certain offices be created for the service of all … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 39-41: Church Mapmaking

Vatican II wasn’t a completely head-in-the-clouds experience. Christus Dominus 39-41 speaks of “fitting boundaries” for dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces. National or regional episcopal conferences are to work out details, then submit “suggestions and desires” to Rome.

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Christus Dominus 36-38: Bishops in Synods, Councils, and Conferences

Those who see the USCCB as a candidate for bureaucratic downsizing, consider Christus Dominus 36: From the very first centuries of the Church bishops, as rulers of individual churches, were deeply moved by the communion of fraternal charity and zeal … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus: An Evangelical View

from Neil “Bishops should dedicate themselves to their apostolic office as witness of Christ before all men.” – Christus Dominus, 11 What would a Protestant make of this statement? This should not be a meaningless question asked out of mere … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 33-35: Bishops and Religious

Christus Dominus 33-35 deals with the relationship between bishops and religious. CD 33 says nothing new: religious are to cooperate in ministry for “the particular churches.” They pray, perform acts of penance, and give life example for others. “With due … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 28-32: Bishops and their Clergy

Christus Dominus 28-32 details the relationship between the bishop and the clergy of his diocese. Religious priests also are “constituted prudent cooperators of the episcopal order,” but diocesan priests hold “first place” because “they have fully dedicated themselves in the … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 27: Who Advises the Bishop?

Christus Dominus 27 tells us. The most important office in the diocesan curia is that of vicar general. However, as often as the proper government of the diocese requires it, one or more episcopal vicars can be named by the … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 25-26: One Diocese, Two or More Bishops

You know the difference, right? Auxiliaries have no right of succession; co-adjutors generally do. Christus Dominus 25-26 lays out the need for a bishop who needs help with a demanding job and stresses the need for unity among multiple bishops … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 22-24: Bishops and Geography

Three sections of Christus Dominus speak of some practical matters. CD 22 speaks of practical matters for the good of the faithful: “a fitting revision of diocesan boundaries be undertaken prudently and as soon as possible. This can be done … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 20-21: Steering into Specifics

Nearly halfway through Christus Dominus, and I’ll tell you there are occasional good bits ahead, but the heavy theological work is behind us already. Sections 20 and 21 deal with the alpha and omega events of a bishop’s career: appointment … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 19: Some Cold Water

Christus Dominus 19 states: In discharging their apostolic office, which concerns the salvation of souls, bishops per se enjoy full and perfect freedom and independence from any civil authority. Hence, the exercise of their ecclesiastical office may not be hindered, … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 18: Who Falls Under the “Special Concern” of Bishops

According to Christus Dominus 18, it is “migrants, exiles and refugees, seafarers, air-travelers, gypsies, and others of this kind. Suitable pastoral methods should also be promoted to sustain the spiritual life of those who go to other lands for a … Continue reading

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Christus Dominus 17: Go Team Go!

Christus Dominus 17 begins: Various forms of the apostolate should be encouraged, and in the whole diocese or in any particular areas of it the coordination and close connection of all apostolic works should be fostered under the direction of … Continue reading

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