Since 1997, the Vatican has published five documents pertaining to pastoral councils. The two most recent especially affirm the traditional understanding of the council as sharing in the apostolate of the pastor, the apostolate of parish leadership.
Books on councils
- Written with James A. Coriden, Parish Councils: Pastoral and Finance (2016) treats councils in practice and in canon law.
- In Making Parish Councils Pastoral, available from Amazon, Mark F. Fischer compares what the Vatican says about councils with guidelines from US dioceses.
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