Get this from a library! Directory for the pastoral ministry of bishops: Apostolorum successores. [Catholic Church. Congregatio pro Episcopis.]. Here is a translation of the Vatican press office’s presentation on the new “ Pastoral Directory for Bishops, ‘Apostolorum Successores,’”. AS Apostolorum successores, Congregation for Bishops, Directory for the Pastoral ministry of Bishops (February 22, ). Vatican City: Libreria Editrice.
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The Bishop should evaluate all things, accomplish all things and endure all things in the light of faith.
The sanctifying mission of the Bishop requires him to live deeply the new life of baptismal grace and the pastoral ministry to which he has been called by the Holy Spirit, conforming himself ever more closely, in a spirit of continual conversion, to the mind and heart of Jesus Christ. In this and in other ways appropriate to the circumstances of time and place, the Bishop manifests his fraternity with other Bishops and carries out his duty to proclaim the Gospel to all nations In the exercise of sacred power, the Bishop must show himself to be rich in humanity in imitation of Jesus, the perfect man.
The Bishop sets a good example for his priests if, alongside them, his closest co-workers, he himself actively participates as much as possible in formation programmes For this reason, canon law has assigned certain areas to the joint attention of the Bishops, according to the particular circumstances. The diocesan Bishop should welcome him gladly in a spirit of faith and should promote an effective communion by virtue of their joint episcopal responsibility, establishing an authentic partnership which, with a coadjutor, should be particularly cordial and fraternal for the good of the diocese.
The possibility of reducing the period of time prescribed for seminary formation is to be considered an exception in specific individual cases Every Bishop should fulfil this responsibility with the greatest solicitude. The Bishop should encourage close cooperation between the respective formation teams of the major seminary and the minor seminary, so as to avoid any discontinuity in their basic approach to formation.
“Apostolorum Successores”: New directory for Bishops
The Bishop should be particularly keen to participate, whenever possible, in formation gatherings arranged by various ecclesial bodies: As teacher of apotolorum faith, sanctifier and spiritual guide, the Bishop knows he can count on a special divine grace, conferred upon him at his episcopal ordination. Insofar as the situation of the diocese permits, and having secured the agreement of the Holy See and the Ordinary concerned, the Bishop apostolorjm encouraged to establish a relationship with a particular missionary Churchsending missionaries and material resources in accordance with agreed commitments.
The Church does not only signify intimate union with God and the unity of the whole human race, but she is the effective sign of this unity and is therefore a sacrament of salvation The Bishops are, by Divine Will, the Pastors of the Church, with the task of teaching the Gospel, of sanctifying and of being spiritual guides, in hierarchical communion with the Successor of Peter a;ostolorum with the other members of the Episcopal College.
The diocesan Bishop ought to show similar agreement with an auxiliary equipped with special faculties It enables him to act as an ambassador for Christ cf.
Totally new, in relation to the preceding Directory, is the third chapter on the spirituality and permanent formation of the Bishop in which, after referring to the sources of episcopal spirituality, the Bishop is reminded of his path toward holiness in pastoral charity. If the circumstances of the diocese so suggest, the Bishop should establish a secretariat or a commission charged with proposing measures aimed at promoting Christian unity.
The Bishop and the priests are constituted as ministers of the apostolic mission.
In the same succeswores, the Bishop should join his own efforts with those of the Holy See in order to assist Churches which suffer persecution or are afflicted with serious shortages of clergy or of resources This configuration to Christ allows the Bishop to submit his whole being to the Holy Spirit in order to integrate within himself his different roles as member of the Church and aplstolorum head and shepherd of the Christian people, as brother and as father, as disciple of Christ and teacher of faith, as son of the Church and, apostolorrum some sense, father of the Church, as minister of the supernatural rebirth of Christians.
This also makes it possible for the person concerned to have recourse against the decision He should read the signs of the times cf. The latter, by virtue of their baptism, are responsible for the building up of the Body of Christ, and hence for the good of the particular Church When he judges that he has assembled sufficient proof of the facts which gave rise to the scandal, he should proceed formally to correct or admonish the accused From Mary, the Bishop learns the art of contemplating the face of Christ, from her too he draws apostoolorum for the exercise of his ecclesial mission and strength to proclaim the Gospel of salvation.
The normative power of the Conference is exercised by the Bishops gathered in a plenary assembly, which makes it possible to engage in collegial dialogue and to exchange ideas; it requires the favourable vote apkstolorum two thirds of the members who have a deliberative vote.
Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops “Apostolorum Successores”
He should furnish his home in such a way that it never appears unapproachable, so that no one, even apodtolorum humblest, is ever afraid to visit it He reveals the goodness, the loving care, the mercy, the gentleness and the authority of Christ, who came to give his life and to gather all people into one family, reconciling them in aposstolorum love of the Father.
In these lamentable cases, the Bishop is required to act promptly, according to the established canonical norms, for the spiritual good of the persons involved, for the reparation of scandal, and for the protection and assistance of the victims.
The visit has great importance also for the Successor of Peter, who welcomes the Pastors of the particular Churches and discusses with them issues concerning their ecclesial mission. The Bishop should be aware of the real obstacles which, today more than in the past, stand in the way of priestly celibacy.
In this case, the lower authority is immediately to notify the higher, in order to avoid contradictory decisions The pallium is blessed by the Roman Pontiff every year on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul 29 June and is conferred upon each Metropolitan present.