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The Profession of Faith

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895

“The power which they exercise personally in the name of

Christ, is proper, ordinary, and immediate, although its exercise is

ultimately controlled by the supreme authority of the Church.”

427

But the bishops should not be thought of as vicars of the Pope. His

ordinary and immediate authority over the whole Church does not

annul, but on the contrary confirms and defends that of the bish-

ops. Their authority must be exercised in communion with the

whole Church under the guidance of the Pope.

896

The Good Shepherd ought to be the model and “form” of

the bishop’s pastoral office. Conscious of his own weaknesses, “the

bishop . . . can have compassion for those who are ignorant and

erring. He should not refuse to listen to his subjects whose welfare

he promotes as of his very own children. . . . The faithful . . . should

be closely attached to the bishop as the Church is to Jesus Christ,

and as Jesus Christ is to the Father”:

428

Let all follow the bishop, as Jesus Christ follows his Father,

and the college of presbyters as the apostles; respect the

deacons as you do God’s law. Let no one do anything con-

cerning the Church in separation from the bishop.

429

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aithful

897

“The term ‘laity’ is here understood tomean all the faithful

except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious

state approved by the Church. That is, the faithful, who by Baptism

are incorporated into Christ and integrated into the People of God,

are made sharers in their particular way in the priestly, prophetic,

and kingly office of Christ, and have their own part to play in the

mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the

world.”

430

The vocation of lay people

898

“By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity

to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and

directing them according to God’s will. . . . It pertains to them in a

special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with

which they are closely associated that these may always be effected

427

LG

27.

428

LG

27 § 2.

429 St. Ignatius of Antioch,

Ad Smyrn.

8, 1:

Apostolic Fathers,

II/2, 309.

430

LG

31.

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