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Title: Pastorale accountability
Subtitle: Over beroepscodes en gedragsregels voor het pastoraat
Author(s): MEIJERS, Ton
Volume: 73 Issue: 3 Date: 2012
In this article the author reflects on the development of pastoral ethical codes for ecclesiastical ministers of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. Professional Codes have been established by associations of ministers and pastoral workers and by most of the Dutch dioceses. The author focuses on the ethical character of pastoral professional codes, which can give only the principles for professional pastoral behavior. After that, based on the Code of Canon Law, a number of principles regarding professional pastoral behavior are presented. By using these principles pastoral professional codes can be formulated in accordance with profession and the concrete circumstances. The article ends with a short reflection on the canonical character of these ethical codes.