Parish councils have been in widespread use in the U.S. since Vatican II. But what is the essential function of a pastoral council? Dr. Mark Fischer explains what is at the heart of this important element of parish life.
What does an effective pastoral council look like? What are the hallmarks of a successful council? Dr. Fischer lays out the church’s specific vision for pastoral councils.
Since Vatican II, the church’s understanding of councils has grown and matured. Understanding these important distinctions is vital in order for a council to be successful in its role of service to the pastor.