Bishops must help Catholics use gifts — pope

September 26, 2011

A bishop must help Catholics in his diocese learn to recognize the gifts the Holy Spirit has given them and place them at the service of the entire Church, Pope Benedict told new bishops.

Addressing about 120 Latin- and Eastern-rite bishops ordained in the past year, the pope focused on the role of a bishop in educating Catholics to take responsibility for the Church's life, evaluating and coordinating their gifts in a way that builds up the whole Church.

The pope met the new bishops Sept. 15 near the end of a 10-day course designed to give them both theoretical and practical information about their role and their relationship to the Vatican and its congregations and councils.