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Old 18th April 2007, 02:16 PM
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Default The temporal authority (judgments of the prudential order)

Originally Posted by Ron Conte View Post
A Bishop has authority to make temporal decisions for his diocese and to exercise the ordinary non-infallible Magisterium, in and of himself, by virtue of his ordination to the Episcopate. A Bishop has authority of his own.


Concerning the temporal authority (judgments of the prudential order) of bishops.

Is this authority absolute or limited to that authority granted by the Holy See. The USCCB, has authority when granted by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), to make changes. However, changes made require the approval of the Holy See. One example I can site: The GIRM required the priest, deacon, or acolyte to purify the blessed vessels after Holy Communion. The USCCB requested approval to allow EMHC to do the purification. A temporary approval was granted and expired. After numerous letters, the Holy See ordered the change in the US. Reluctantly, many complied; however, some still do not.

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