+ Müller Throws Cold Water on the Magic Circles

The doctrine chief explained that the college of bishops “serves the Church’s unity,” founded on Christ, and that “a bishop can only be pastor of a local Church, and not president of a federation of regional and continental ecclesial alliances.”

He added that national conferences “cannot be a pure objective principle” in the Church, for the office of bishop is essentially one of “personal testimony”: therefore “the principle of the unity of the episcopacy itself is incarnated in a person.”

Precisely.

I’m all for the Pope putting more responsibility on the individual bishop and less on the bureaucracies like Episcopal Conferences.

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