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Title: Episcopal Conferences and the Power of the Spirit
Author(s): ÖRSY, Ladislas
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 25 Issue: 4 Date: winter 2000
In its Decree on Ecumenism, Vatican Council II proclaimed a permanent duty incumbent on the people of God:
Christ summons the church, as she goes her pilgrim way, to that continual reformation of which she always has need, insofar as she is a human institution here on earth (UR 6).
This summons should not be taken lightly: it comes from Christ. It must not remain a mere exhortation: it demands action. It binds the church as an institution; it binds every person in it 'from the bishop to the last of the faithful' (LG 12). In a special way, it binds the hierarchy, also those who have a particular vocation to seek the understanding of the word of God – as theologians do – or to search for its correct application in the practical order - as canon lawyers are called to do.