68 Jurist 408 (2008)
Theology of the Relation of the Bishop to His Diocese in the Ceremonial of Bishops

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THEOLOGY OF THE RELATION OF THE BISHOP
TO HIS DIOCESE IN THE CEREMONIAL
OF BISHOPS
LAURENT VILLEMIN*
Piero Marini opened an article dedicated to the ecclesiology of the
episcopate according to the Ceremonial of Bishops (CB) in the following
manner: The Caeremoniale Episcoporum is without a doubt one of the
best instances of the concrete application of the liturgical ecclesiology of
the Second Vatican Council with respect to the celebrations at which a
bishop presides in his particular church, and especially in the cathedral,
the place where the church assembles and manifests its identity.' The
particular credibility of such an assessment proceeds from the fact that
Monsignor Marini was the Master of liturgical celebrations of the
Roman Pontiff. The content of the CB thus provides a measure of the re-
ception of the Second Vatican Council in liturgical matters and, accord-
ing to the adage lex orandi lex credendi, can also serve to examine
what we celebrate and believe with respect to the relation of the bishop
to his diocese. Thus there can be no denying the ecclesiological value of
the CB.
This study will first present a brief overview of the CB before drawing
a few of the characteristic features of the relation of the bishop to his dio-
cese as these are found in this liturgical book.
1. Brief overview of the CB
It is fitting to start with a brief overview of the status and the contents
of this document. The CB that is being used in this study is the 1998
French language adaptation of the Caeremoniale Episcoporum pub-
lished in Rome in its editio typica in 1984.2 It follows and takes into ac-
count the revisions of all the liturgical books willed by the Second Vati-
can Council. The approved CB at the time of the council had been the one
* Institut Catholique, Paris.
Piero Marini, L'eccl6siologie de l'6piscopat selon le Cr6monial des v6ques, La
Maison-Dieu 224 (2000) 139-163 at 139.
2 Translator's note: Whereas the author worked from the French translation of the
CB, quotations of the CB in this translation are taken from the ICEL translation of the CB,
published by The Liturgical Press in 1989.

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