|Every baptised person carries authority as priest, prophet and queen/king with Christ and takes part in Christ’s universal mission. See note 1 below. Therefore each member of the People of God shares responsibility for the good of the whole community of faith. See note 2 below. Church leaders have to find efficient contemporary structures through which that responsibility can be exercised. See note 3 below.
Pastoral Councils on parish, diocesan and diocesan levels should work with priests and bishops in the performance of their common tasks. The members of pastoral councils should be elected and/or selected to include as wide as possible a span of the skills and competencies found among God’s People. See note 4 below.
Bishops should also establish priests’ senates in their dioceses. These senates represent the body of priests and share in the management of the diocese. See note 5 below.
In many financial, administrative and spiritual areas the members of pastoral councils and priests’ senate should have a deliberative vote. In other words: pastoral councils and priests’ senates should exercise their co-responsibility by being involved in the decision making process of the local Church. See note 6 below.