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Pastoral plans to undergo review

Pastoral plans to undergo review
Agustinians who joined a PCP II conference pose for a souvenir picture. (Photo courtesy of Bro. Jaymar Magtulis, MMHC)
Julian Labores, Manila

April 28, 2011

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Catholic Church leaders meeting this week have ordered a review of pastoral plans of the country's dioceses 20 years after the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II). Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of San Fernando said yesterday that after the plenary council "it seemed nothing was happening and [the council] was not moving." At least 36 researchers from Catholic academic institutions have started evaluating the pastoral plans. Bishop David has been tasked to lead the assessment study. Some 132 PCP-II decrees have reportedly been implemented nationwide by the commissions of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and on the diocesan level by diocesan pastoral councils, in the past two decades. Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi of Caceres, however, said "only God can judge" if the PCP-II's goals had been accomplished. He added that there are "many solid indications that the dioceses, with different levels and different forms, tried to accomplish something." Archbishop Legaspi presided over PCP II including the drafting of the National Pastoral Plan. Bishop David said the researchers will try to find out where the Philippine Church and its people are and what the dioceses are doing. He said the study will also look into how the dioceses implemented the decrees of PCP II. "We’re trying to detect these through the output of the dioceses, like their consultations and pastoral councils and the pastoral plans they have produced," Bishop David said. He said they will go through documents that can be used to chart the implementation of PCP II decrees. Researchers from various Catholic institutions will be tapped to help in the study. Monsignor Juanito Figura, CBCP secretary general, and Monsignor Joselito Asis, assistant secretary general, will assess the output of the study. "On the basis of the documents we have in our hands and our knowledge of PCP II, we came up with an instrument of assessment," Bishop David said. Archbishop Legaspi noted, however, that it would be hard to assess PCP II "without a living memory of the event." "Eighty percent of the bishops who participated in 1991 have either long retired or have gone ahead," said Bishop David. PM14013
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