Each diocese has appointed by its Bishop a Vicar General whose prime responsibility is to assist the Bishop on the governance of the whole Diocese.
The Vicar General is a priest of the diocese and has the same executive power throughout the whole diocese as that which belongs by law to the diocesan Bishop – Bishop Michael; that is, the Vicar General can perform all administrative acts in the diocese except those which the Bishop has reserved to himself or which by law require a special authorization of the Bishop.
Church law (Canon law) lists a number of conditions that are to be met for the appointment for a Vicar General; other qualifications could be added to the list found in the code;
- He should be esteemed by the presbyterate and in public opinion.
- Be wise, honest and morally upright.
- Have a good human rapport with others.
- Be competent in dealing with diocesan affairs.
These are not just conditions and good qualities which are prerequisites for appointment; they are in many respects virtues to which one is to aspire in one’s daily living.
It could be said that a fundamental quality in the Vicar General’s governance is the full care of and welfare of the people of the Diocese.
Very Rev Bryan Hanifin
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Rockhampton Qld 4700