Diocesan Pastoral Council

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In Roman Catholic dioceses and parishes, pastoral councils may be established by the diocesan bishop or parish priest. They are consultative bodies which serve to advise them regarding pastoral issues.

The main purpose of a diocesan pastoral council is investigating, reflecting and reaching conclusions about pastoral matters to recommend to the bishop. The main purpose of a parish pastoral council is in some ways analogous

The concept of the pastoral council was first articulated in the 1965 Vatican II Decree on Bishops (Christus Dominus, par. 27). The decree recommended that bishops establish diocesan pastoral councils with a threefold purpose. The purpose is to investigate pastoral matters, to ponder or reflect over them, and to reach conclusions that the council can recommend to the bishop.

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