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    The idea of holding a Plenary Council of the
     Philippines had been informally discussed on
     several occasions by members of the hierarchy.

         A formal proposal this effect was presented
     to the bishops in the 56th Plenary Assembly of the
     CBCP in January 1988.
           The   reasons   for   holding   a

      1. The many changes that have taken
place in the Church as a result of the II
Vatican    Council   together    with   the
promulgation of the new Code of Canon
      2. The changes that occur in the
Church in the Philippines and in
Philippine society after the celebration of
the first Plenary Council in 1953 with new
problematic and new pastoral issues.
       Once the proposal to hold the II Plenary
    Council of the Philippines had been approved by
    the CBCP the next step was to ask for the formal
    approval of Rome.

       This request was made in a letter of the
    CBCP President Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi,
    OP, D.D. of August 1, 1988 addressed to
    Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Prefect of the
    Congregation for Bishops.

        The letter of approval signed by Cardinal
    Gantin was dated Nov. 10, 1988 and transmitted
    to the CBCP by the Apostolic Nunciature on Nov.
    16, 1988.
        The Solemn Liturgical Opening of the II Plenary Council
    of the Philippines took place at the Manila Cathedral,
    Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, January
    20, 1991 at 9:00 in the morning.

   The principal celebrant was the Council President,
    Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi, OP, D.D., Archbishop
    of Nueva Caceres, concelebrants were Archbishop Gian
    Vincenzo Moreni, D.D., the Apostolic Nuncio to the

   85 Archbishops and Bishops and over 250 priests, also
    present in their respective places of honor were Manila
    Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, D.D. and Cebu Archbishop
    Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, D.D.
       The Council closed on February 17, 1991,
    Sunday. It was held at the Manila Cathedral
    presided by Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, OP, D.D.
    concelebrants were the 85 Archbishops and Bishops
    and over 250 priests.
    The Participants:
    94 Archbishops/Bishops
    180 Vicars General/Episcopal Vicars
    21 Religious Superiors
    12 Rectors/Presidents of Catholic Universities
    24 Rectors/Deans of Ecclesiastical Faculties and
    Major Seminaries
    156 Laity

Part I. Our World- The Philippines Lights and
    A. Our Evangelization
    B. Our socio-cultural Context
    C. Our Economic and Political Context
    D. Our Religious Context

Part II. Envisioning A Church Renewed
    A. The Way of Jesus
    B. The Call of Jesus Today
    C. Discipleship in Community- The Church
           1. The Church is a Communion
                  a. Unity in Diversity
                  b. Equality in Dignity
    2. Participation
    3. A Community-in-Mission
            a. Our Missionary Vocation
            b. Inter-religious Dialogue
    4. A Priestly, Prophetic and Kingly People
    5. The Church of the Poor
    6. Basic Ecclesial Communities: An Expression of
    7. The Church’s Paschal Pilgrimage
    D. Mary, Model of Discipleship
Part III. A Renewed Integral Evangelization
    A. Announcing a Message of Salvation
            A. A Renewed Catechesis
  2. A Renewed Social apostolate
  3. A Renewed Worship
  4. The Inter-relatedness of these various renewals
  5. Characteristics of the Renewed Evangelization
  6. Inculturation
  7. The Holy Spirit
  8. Special Concerns
B. Announcing a Message of Liberation
C. Special Concerns
  1. Tribal Filipinos
  2. Children and Youth
  3. Women
  4. Peasants
 5. The Urban Poor
 6. Fisherfolk
 7. The Disabled

Part IV. The community of Disciples: Workers of
 A. The Lay faithful
 B. The Religious
 C. The Clergy
 D. Other Communities of Renewal

Conclusion: Journeying In and With the Spirit

Title I. General Pastoral Orientation/Principles
Title II. Worship
Title III. Formation
Title IV. Special Religious Concerns
Title V. Social Action Apostolate
  Section 1. Pastoral Orientation
  Section 2. Programs and Organizations
  Section 3. Structures
Title VI. Special Social Concerns
     Section 1. Politics
     Section 2. Responsible Christian Parenthood
     Section 3. Industrialization
     Section 4. Ecology
     Section 5. Rural Poor
     Section 6. The Sick and handicapped

Title VII. Inter-religious Concerns
Title VIII. Spirituality
Title IX. A Community of Disciples
     Section 1. Pastoral Orientation
Title X. Laity
     Section 1. Pastoral Orientation
     Section 2. Family
     Section 3. Youth
     Section 4. Women
     Section 5. Catechists
     Section 6. Migrant Workers
     Section 7. Lay Evangelizers

Title XI. Religious
     Section 1. “Ad Extra” Concerns
            1. Areas of Collaboration with
     2. Structures for Collaboration
     3. Policies Regarding Collaboration
     4. Charisms and the Local Church
 Section 2. “Ad Intra” concern

Title XII. Clergy
  Section 1. Numbers
  Section 2. Formation
       1. Seminary Formation
       2. Continuing Formation
  Section 3. Spirituality and Lifestyle
  Section 4. Relationships with Religious/Laity
  Section 5. Temporalities
  section 6. Bishops
Title XIII. Institution
      Section 1. Media and Communication
      Section 2. Catholic Schools
      Section 3. Basic Ecclesial Communities
      Section 4. Formation, Research, Theological Centers
      Section 5. Religious Organizations, Councils, Movements
      Section 6. Temporalities
      Section 7. Structures/Programs
              a. Parish and Diocesan Levels
              b. National Level

Title XIV. Implementation

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