Monday, February 04, 2013
Summary Report to the Third Assembly of Bishops, 2012
In June, 2012 the Committee for Pastoral Practice welcomed new member, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos.
The Committee for Pastoral Practice held three meetings since the Second Assembly of Bishops in 2011:
Phase I (completed 2011):
Phase II (in progress 2012):
Phase III (projected 2013):
At this writing, the Committee has gathered and analyzed enough information that we are now prepared to hold our first Conference on Pastoral Practice, and venues are being considered for the 2013 Conference. Once the venue is established, calls for presentations will be published, and each jurisdiction will be invited to send participants. The goal of the conference will be to discuss the theological and ecclesiological ramifications of the Committee’s findings and to negotiate workable models for proposing resolution. This part of the Committee’s work can only be accomplished by face-to-face meetings of all the concerned parties – that is, the representatives of all jurisdictions. The Conference will then be able to make specific, practical recommendations to the Fourth Assembly of Bishops one year from now.
Collaboration with Other Committees
Four areas of Pastoral Practice identified by our Committee require collaboration with the Committee for Clergy Affairs. These are the areas of: clergy divorce, clergy release and transfer, clergy misconduct and the reception of clergy from the Roman Catholic church. Although these are areas of specific concern to the committee for clergy Affairs, each of these areas has pastoral ramifications, which concern our Committee.
Our consultant-facilitator, Fr. Ian G. Pac-Urar, is also a consultant to the Committee for Clergy Affairs and is working with the facilitator of that committee to establish a joint task force for this work.