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The Permanent Diaconate

Basic Directory & Norms for the formation of perma

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ISBN13: 9781860820427

ISBN10: 1860820425


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  • Fundamental documents on the formation and life of Permanent Deacons

    In February 1998 Pope John Paul II approved publication of the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons, and the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons. These two important documents have been prepared jointly by the Congregations for the Clergy and for Catholic Education. They are published together in this one volume.

    The Permanent Diaconate, restored by the Second Vatican Council, in complete continuity with ancient Tradition and the Council of Trent, has flourished in recent decades in many parts of the Church. This ministry promises to make an important contribution to the New Evangelization. The documents (the product of intense and wide consultation with many Episcopates) clarify and regulate the diversity of approaches adopted in experiments concerning the Diaconate - as regards discernment and training, active ministry and ongoing formation. They aim to ensure some stability of approach accommodating both legitimate plurality and indispensable unity, and may be viewed as a completion of work already started in earlier similar documents concerning Priesthood.

    A Joint Declaration by the two Congregations precedes the two texts: The Basic Norms address those involved in the formation of deacons, the characteristics of candidates, the path of formation, and particular dimensions of that formation. The Directory addresses juridical status, the Diaconal ministry and spirituality, as well as continuing formation.

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