Making Parish Councils Pastoral

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Making Parish Councils Pastoral traces the historical development of the ?pastoral? style of council and shows how councils can more effectively embrace the church's vision of studying and reflecting on parish matters and recommending their conclusions to the pastor.

The author's website, PastoralCouncils.com, offers the latest supplemental and practical resources to complement this book.

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Overview

Making Parish Councils Pastoral traces the historical development of the ?pastoral? style of council and shows how councils can more effectively embrace the church's vision of studying and reflecting on parish matters and recommending their conclusions to the pastor.

The author's website, PastoralCouncils.com, offers the latest supplemental and practical resources to complement this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809146765
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 676,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Divergent Voices 2

The Pastoral Viewpoint 3

How My Understanding Has Changed 4

The Purpose of this Book 6

Chapter 1 Introduction to Pastoral Councils and Pretest 11

Pretest 11

The Apostolate of Pastors 12

The Matter of Pastoral Councils 13

Councillor Selection 14

The Purpose of Councils 15

Councillors as Consultants 16

The Two Parts of This Book 17

Chapter 2 What Councils Do 20

St. Mary's First Council 21

The Relevance of Social Justice 22

The Second Council's Assignment 24

The Council's Findings 25

What the Council Did 27

Chapter 3 Councils and Committees 30

Genesis of the Africa Committee 30

The Committee's First Meeting 32

What the Committee Did 33

An Unexpected Shift 34

Father Mike's Response 36

Pastoral Councils and Parish Committees 37

Chapter 4 Pastoral Council and Parish Staff 41

The Multipurpose Building 42

The Role of the Council 43

Planning by Experts 44

Planning by Councils 45

Seven Rules for Pastoral Planning by Councils 47

Chapter 5 Pastoral and Finance Council 49

The Preliminary Reports 50

Differences Regarding the Two Councils 51

Official Teaching 53

The Correct Starting Point 55

An Aristotelian Solution 56

Types of Knowledge 56

The Method of the Two Councils 57

The Gifts of Councillors 58

Resolving the Problem at St. Philip's Church 59

Chapter 6 Selecting Pastoral Council Members 64

The Criterion for Selection 65

The Representative Character of Councillors 67

The Method of Selecting Councillors 68

A Discerning Election 70

Chapter 7 Pastoral Council Spirituality 73

Council Spirituality 75

Encountering Christ in the Community 76

Making the Church's Intention Our Own 78

The Coordination of Charisms 80

Sharing in the Pastor's Spirituality 82

Chapter 8 How ?Pastoral? Are Councils? 87

Are Pastoral Councils Truly Pastoral? 88

Planning and Implementing? 90

Reviewing the Actual Experience 91

Chapter 9 Origins of the Pastoral Council 99

How This Concept Developed 99

Need to Note the Difference 101

Representation 103

Understanding the Role of Pastoral Councils 104

Chapter 10 What Pastoral Means 109

The 1973 Circular Letter 110

Popular Misconceptions 111

Between Vatican II and the 1983 Code 114

Chapter 11 Canon 536 and Pastoral Activity 119

Obscurities of the Canon 120

Explaining Canon 536 121

Selectivity and Innovation 122

Canon 536 and Vatican II 124

Chapter 12 The Uneven Documents from 1987 to 2001 127

Christifideles laici 129

Ecclesiae de mysterio and Ecclesia in Asia 131

Novo millennio 133

The Precise Definition Holds 134

Chapter 13 The Documents of 2002 and 2004 137

The 2002 Instruction 137

The 2004 Directory 140

Consequences for Pastoral Councils 143

Chapter 14 How to Make a Council More Pastoral 149

A Pastoral Council Foundation Document 150

1 Introduction 150

2 Purpose 151

3 Scope 152

4 Criteria for Membership 152

5 Selection of Members 153

6 Officers 154

7 Operation 154

8 Agenda 155

9 Relation to the Staff and Finance Council 155

10 Meetings 156

Consultation as the Church Sees It 157

Appendix 159

Notes Index 163

Bibliography 169

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