From vision to legislation: from the council to a code of by Ladislas M. Orsy

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LG:14) All so united with Christ are of equal worth and dignity. And if by the will of Christ some are made teachers, dispensers of mysteries, and shepherds on behalf of others, yet all share a true equality with regard to the dignity and to the activity common to all the faithful for building up the Body of Christ. (LG:32) They are also endowed with a mysterious power that enables them to find the truth of Page 11 God and to choose what is of lasting value. The body of the faithful, as a whole, anointed as they are by the Holy One (cf.

LG:14) All so united with Christ are of equal worth and dignity. And if by the will of Christ some are made teachers, dispensers of mysteries, and shepherds on behalf of others, yet all share a true equality with regard to the dignity and to the activity common to all the faithful for building up the Body of Christ. (LG:32) They are also endowed with a mysterious power that enables them to find the truth of Page 11 God and to choose what is of lasting value. The body of the faithful, as a whole, anointed as they are by the Holy One (cf.

But if they see that within the Catholic community we honor legitimate differences, even encourage them, they might conclude that we are indeed good and desirable partners in the search for that elusive goal that is the Church of Christ restored in its unity. In short, by being generous in allowing Page 25 differences within the Catholic Church today, we can send powerful signals to non-Catholic Christians about our dedication to the cause of unity. 3. Communio Among the Bishops: The Episcopal College It has been said many times that while Vatican Council I was intent on clarifying and defining the office of the pope, Vatican Council II intended to do the same for the office of the bishop.

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