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Catechism in a Year

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

326. What is the effect of episcopal ordination?

Episcopal ordination confers the fullness of sacrament of Holy Orders. It makes the bishop a legitimate successor of the apostles and integrates him into the episcopal college to share with the Pope and the other bishops care for all the churches. It confers on him the offices of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling.

Further reading: CCC 1557-1558

327. What is the office confided to a Bishop in a particular Church?

The bishop to whom the care of a particular Church is entrusted is the visible head and foundation of unity for that Church. For the sake of that Church, as vicar of Christ, he fulfills the office of shepherd and is assisted by his own priests and deacons.

Further reading: CCC 1560-1561

These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.
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