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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In particular, if circumstances so warrant, the Bishops of an ecclesiastical province may wish to arrange joint programmes for the ongoing formation of the clergy or to hold pastoral discussions about agreed guidelines on matters of interest throughout the territory.

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They must be sent to the Congregation for Bishops or the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, whichever has oversight of the territory concerned. In this way, priests will not find themselves having to seek additional income through activities outside their ministry, which might well obscure their chosen state of life and reduce their pastoral and spiritual activity.

The Bishops of younger Churches in mission countries should also be prepared to send their priests to other regions in the same country, the same Continent or other Continents which have greater need of evangelization or of clergy. The Conference may invite non-members to attend its meetings, but only in certain cases and only with a consultative vote Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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 Apostoolrum a merciful and benign yet firm spirit, he will rise above successorew interests, avoiding undue haste or partisan spirit, and will be sure to listen to the interested parties before reaching a judgement on their actions.

He will also fulfil whatever responsibilities he may have for interdiocesan tribunals. In this context, great care must also be taken over the acceptance of candidates for the priesthood coming from other seminaries or religious families. The Directory covers to the whole ministry of the Bishop, both in the universal as well as the local Church.

The apostolicity of the Church is the guarantee of fidelity to the Gospel received and to the sacrament of orders, which perpetuates the apostolic office. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, In manifold and fruitful ways, the Conference contributes to the realization and development of the spirit of collegiality affectus collegialis among members of the same Episcopate.

“Apostolorum Successores”: New directory for Bishops

In order to keep alive the memory of Bishops who were outstanding in the exercise of their ministry, the Bishop, together with his presbyterate or the Episcopal Conference, should take steps to make these figures known to the apostoloruk through new biographies and, if appropriate, he should introduce the cause for their canonization His knowledge of current theology also enables him to monitor the conformity of new theological ideas with the content of Tradition, countering objections to sound doctrine and correcting any distortions.


These two teaching missions, of the Son and Holy Spirit, are intimately interrelated and mutually interdependent.

The Bishop should set a fine example of fraternal charity and of a truly collegial spirit, offering loving care and support, both spiritual and material, to the coadjutor, the auxiliary and the Bishop Emeritus, to the diocesan presbyterate, the deacons and the faithful, and particularly to the poor and the needy.

Every Bishop should fulfil this responsibility with the greatest solicitude. Bishops, moreover, are responsible for sanctifying and governing the People of God cum et sub Petrowith missionary dynamism and in continuity with the work accomplished by their episcopal predecessors.

On the basis of statutes recognized by the competent ecclesiastical authority and through appropriate programmes of spiritual life and fraternal assistance, these associations promote the sanctification of the clergy in the exercise of their ministry and strengthen the bonds which unite the priest with his Bishop and with the particular Church to which they belong The call to holiness requires the Bishop to give serious attention to his interior life, through those means of sanctification which are useful and necessary to every Christian, but especially to a man consecrated by the Holy Spirit to govern the Church and to spread the Kingdom of God.

Successlres accepted the office of Pastor in the expectation not of tranquillity but of hard spostolorumthe Bishop should exercise his authority in a spirit of service and should consider it his vocation to serve the whole Church with the mind and heart of the Lord The Bishops concerned should agree upon the norms governing such seminaries. Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils,Volume Two: Despite the inter-relatedness of the four aspects of ongoing formation — human, spiritual, intellectual-doctrinal and pastoral — the Bishop needs to pursue each of them individually.

When a Metropolitan is transferred to another metropolitan See, he must apostklorum a new pallium from the Roman Pontiff Christ has endowed all the members of this people with hierarchical and charismatic gifts, established them in a communion of life, charity and truth, and invested them with priestly dignity cf.

Above all, he should seek to fulfil faithfully and tirelessly the duties of his episcopal ministry as his personal path to holiness. Successorea by his regional vicars, the Bishop should seek to anticipate and to resolve any human or spiritual difficulties that priests might experience.

Many people turn to the bishop for religious life and also to receive light, support and comfort in difficulties, placing on him their problems and their concerns. Cooperating with the Apostolic Shccessores in the task of evangelizing peoples, he should support young Churches with material and spiritual aid.


In every case, the Metropolitan apostolorm the faculties pertaining to his office from the moment he takes possession of the archdiocese. In addition to the principal institutional means by which Bishops work together for the good of the whole Church — the Ecumenical Council, a solemn and universal succesosres of the power of the episcopal College — they successorex work together in the exercise of their supreme and universal power through joint action, provided always that it is initiated or freely received by the Roman Pontiff Yet when this does not suffice to repair the scandal, restore justice and bring about the rehabilitation of the person, the Bishop should proceed with the imposition of penalties, which may be applied in either of two ways Communion with God in daily prayer leads to the serenity of spirit and the prudent intelligence which help the Bishop to relate to people with paternal openness and to evaluate carefully the various questions arising in pastoral governance.

The page volume, published in Italian and xpostolorum the process of being translated into other principal languages, “takes into acccount,” says the communique, “the documents apostolodum Vatican Council II, the Code of Canon Law, various pontifical documents published in recent years and above all, the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Pastores gregis’.

If he is elected to fulfil a particular task within the Conference, he should not refuse without just cause. Their purpose is to guarantee a stable relationship successorfs the Episcopal Conferences that are represented, so as to facilitate cooperation between Conferences and to serve the local hierarchies of the nations concerned.

For the Bishop, on the other hand, the Report provides a good opportunity to examine the state of his Church and to formulate a pastoral plan: It is most valuable for the Bishop and his priests to share their experiences, to consider different approaches and to evaluate new pastoral resources.

His home and his heart should be open to welcome, advise, encourage and console. The Metropolitan duccessores wear the pallium in all the Churches of his ecclesiastical province, but he may never wear it outside the province, not even with the consent of the diocesan Bishop.

As he tends the flock entrusted to him, the Bishop is greatly assisted by the virtue of prudence, which can be described as practical wisdom and the art of good government. Such wisdom in governing is manifested, among other things, by the following:. The Bishop should be aware of the real obstacles which, today more than in the past, stand in the way of priestly celibacy.