In 1987, Pope John Paul II summoned a synod or official gathering of the world’s bishops to discuss the theme of the laity. It led to the publication of “Christifideles laici,” a document dedicated to the lay Christian faithful, which touched upon the subject of pastoral councils.
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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