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Nuncio reminds Mexican bishops: be pastors, not NGO directors

Catholic World News - November 13, 2013

Addressing the Mexican Episcopal Conference during its November meeting, the apostolic nuncio challenged the bishops in attendance to be pastors rather than act as if they were directors of an NGO [non-governmental organization].

When the Church acts as if were an NGO, it “becomes increasingly self-referential” rather than missionary, said Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico since 2007. When this happens, the Church “stops being a Bride and ends up being an Administrator,” and becomes a “controller” rather than a servant.

Citing Pope Francis frequently, Archbishop Pierre also urged bishops to be builders of communion, to walk generously with their flocks and spend time with priests, to remain in the diocese rather than be “airport bishops,” to be with and assist the poor, and to lead humble, austere lives.

Among the world’s nations, Mexico ranks second (behind Brazil) in Catholic population; 92% of Mexico’s 115 million people are Catholic.

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