Catholic Dictionary

Term

PRIESTS' COUNCIL

Definition

Also called a priests' senate or diocesan presbyterium. It is an elected body of priests organized to assist the ordinary of the dioceses. The priests are elected according to a constitutional norm, and the council itself is directed by an executive board together with a group of officers who are elected by the members. The function of the priests' council itself is directed by an executive board together with a group of officers who are elected by the members. The function of the priests' council is not to substitute for the bishop but to advise him for a more efficient and agreeable direction of the diocese.