P R E A M B L E
We Catholic priests in the United States of America, of Latin and Eastern Rites, recognize our share in the common ministry of all the baptized and faithful:
- That as priests we are called to “have at heart the care of all the Churches” (Vatican II – Decree on Priesthood # 10)
- That “in virtue of (our) common sacred ordination and mission, all priests are bound together in an intimate brotherhood, which should naturally and freely manifest itself in mutual aid, spiritual as well as material, pastoral as well as personal, in meetings and in a community of life, of labor, and of charity” (Vatican II – Decree on the Church # 28)
- That “all priests, together with bishops, so share in one and the same priesthood and ministry of Christ that the very unity of (our) consecration and mission requires our hierarchical communion with the order of bishops” (Vatican II – Decree on Priesthood #7)
Therefore – cognizant of our responsibility with the whole Church of showing our concern for the entire community in which we live, and desiring to collaborate in a representative fashion on a national level in an expression of these realities – we hereby establish the National Federation of Priests’ Councils in the United States of America.