By Mark F. Fischer
(Published as “Parish Pastoral Councils: Purpose, Consultation, Leadership,” Center Paper 4 (New York: National Pastoral Life Center, 1990): 12 pp.
This paper compares thirteen guidelines for parish councils published by thirteen different dioceses, each in a different episcopal region of the [United States] National Conference of Catholic Bishops. It taught me how diverse are the recommendations for councils made by diocesan staff members. Copies are no longer available from the National Pastoral Life Center (18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012-2404).