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The Reception of Vatican II$
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Matthew L. Lamb and Matthew Levering

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625795.001.0001

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Christus Dominus

Christus Dominus

(p.147) 5 Christus Dominus
The Reception of Vatican II

Matthew Levering

Oxford University Press

This essay attends to the Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, Christus Dominus. Focusing on the magisterial and theological reception of this document, it treats, in turn, of CD’s reception in Canon Law, in John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Gregis, and by the theologians Richard Gaillardetz, Massimo Faggioli, and George Tavard. Gaillardetz and Faggioli, in particular, aver that the true intent of Christus Dominus has been thwarted by the pope/curia, stifling the rebalancing of power in the Church intended by the council fathers. Tavard, by contrast, focuses more on the document’s ecumenical implications. The essay concludes with a constructive section, suggesting that, going forward, Christus Dominus might be better received by focusing not on ongoing power struggles between the pope/curia and the bishops, but by focusing instead on the diocesan bishop’s exercise of his pastoral office in the service of his concrete pastoral tasks.

Keywords:   Bishops, episcopal conference, papacy, Pastores Gregis, ecclesial authority, curia, canon law, pastoral office, decentralization

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