Congregation for Bishops, Decree on On the Establishment of the Personal Apostolic Administration “Saint John Mary Vianney” Animarum bonum, 18 January 2002.
The good of souls is the supreme law and end of the Church, which God willed so that humans be saved in the unity of the people of the new covenant established in his blood, for Jesus Christ handed over his life to gather all people into one family (see John 11:52), of which the Church is “for all and each the visible sacrament of this saving unity” (LG, 9).
Receiving into the full communion of the Catholic Church members of the Union “Saint John Mary Vianney” of Campos in Brazil, the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, through his letter Ecclesiae unitas published 25 December 2001, wished to recognize in law the distinctiveness of the Union “Saint John Mary Vianney,” placing it in a suitable juridic form by establishing an apostolic administration, having a personal nature, whose boundaries will be the same as the boundaries of the Diocese of Campos in Brazil, so that its members, inserted fittingly into the body of the Church, can cooperate in the communion of the successor of Peter to spread the Gospel.
I. By special mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, through a Decree of the Congregation for Bishops, the personal Apostolic Administration of “Saint John Mary Vianney” is established. It embraces only the Diocese of Campos in Brazil, and it is equal (aequatur) in law to diocese immediately subject to the Holy See.
II. The personal Apostolic Administration of “Saint John Mary Vianney” is governed by the norms of common law and this Decree, and is subject to the Congregation for Bishops and other dicasteries of the Roman curia according to the service of each.
III. The faculty of the apostolic administration is confirmed to celebrate the Eucharist, the other sacraments, the Liturgy of the Houses, and other liturgical actions according to the Roman Ritual and liturgical discipline, revised and established according to the prescripts of Saint Pius V, together with the accommodations which his successors as far as Blessed John XXIII have introduced.
IV. The personal Apostolic Administration of “Saint John Mary Vianney” is entrusted to the pastoral care of an apostolic administrator as its proper ordinary whom the Roman Pontiff names according to the norms of common law.
V. His power is:
– personal, such that it can be exercised for persons who are members of the apostolic administration;
– ordinary, both in the external forum and the internal forum;
– cumulative with the power of the diocesan bishop of Campos in Brazil, since those who belong to the apostolic administration are at the same time faithful of the particular Church of Campos.
VI. §1. The presbyters and deacons who hitherto belong to the Union “Saint John Mary Vianney” are incardinated into the personal apostolic administration. The incardinated presbyters constitute the presbyterium of the administration. The clergy belong to the secular clergy in all regards, and therefore they cultivate their need for close unity with the diocesan presbyterate of Campos.
§2. The incardination of clerics is governed by the norms of universal law.
VII. §1. With the approval of the Holy See, the apostolic administrator would be able to have his own seminary in order to instruct recruits for the presbyterate whom he would be able to advance to holy orders.
§2. With the approval of the Holy See, the apostolic administrator would be able to establish in the administration institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life and, at the same time, to advance candidates belonging to them to orders, according to the norms of common law.
VIII. §1. According to the norm of law and having sought the opinion of the bishop of the Diocese of Campos, the apostolic administrator would be able to erect personal parishes so that care is furnished to the faithful of the personal apostolic administration.
§2. Presbyters who are named parochi enjoy the same rights and duties which the common law prescribes, cumulatively with those which belong to the parochi of the territory.
IX. §1. The lay faithful, who until now belong to the Union “Saint John Mary Vianney,” become members of the new ecclesiastical circumscription. Those who, acknowledging that they bind themselves to the distinctiveness of the personal apostolic administration, request to belong to it, must manifest their desire in writing, and they must be enrolled in a register which must be preserved at the seat of the apostolic administration.
§2. In the same register are also inscribed the laity who presently belong to the apostolic administration and those who are baptized in it.
X. §1. The personal apostolic administration is to establish a council of governance (consilium regiminis) which is composed of at least six priests to whom it will belong to fulfill the functions which the common law attributes to the presbyteral council and the college of consultors, and whose statutes are approved by the apostolic administrator. This council is by no means extinguished sede vacante.
§2. The apostolic administrator can establish a pastoral council for the apostolic administration.
XI. The apostolic administrator will go to Rome every five years for the visit ad limina apostolorum and will present to the Roman Pontiff through the Congregation for Bishops a report on the state of the personal apostolic administration.
XII. In what pertains to judicial causes in the apostolic administration, the competent tribunal will be the Diocese of Campos, unless the apostolic administrator establishes a proper tribunal, in which case, with the approval of the Apostolic See, a tribunal of second instance will need to be established for it on a stable basis.
XIII. The seat of the administration will located in the city of Campos and its headquarters will be the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.
Given at Rome, from the Congregation for Bishops, 18 January 2002.
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Congregation for Bishops, Decree on On the Establishment of the Personal Apostolic Administration “Saint John Mary Vianney” Animarum bonum, 18 January 2002, AAS 94 (2001) 305-308. English by: John A. Renken.