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Diocese of Portsmouth
                           THE FRAMEWORK FOR COLLABORATION

                                          (September 2015)

                                         1. THE FRAMEWORK,
                     ITS CURIAL SERVICES AND ITS THREE VICARIATES

The Diocesan Curia or ‘Framework for Collaboration’
The Diocesan Curia consists of those institutions and persons, which assist the Bishop
in the governance of the diocese, especially in guiding pastoral action, in caring for
administration within the overall authority of the Diocesan Trust Deed and in exercising
judicial power (Can. 469). In the Diocese of Portsmouth, the Diocesan Curia is also
called the ‘Framework for Collaboration.’

The Bishop
The Bishop, assisted by his priests and deacons, acts sacramentally in the name of Our
Lord Jesus Christ as the High Priest, Teacher and Shepherd of that portion of the Lord’s
flock entrusted to him.

Vicars General
For the governance of the Diocese of Portsmouth, the Bishop has appointed two Vicars
General (VG) to assist him. By virtue of their office, the VGs exercise the Bishop’s
executive power throughout the Diocese, namely, the power to perform all
administrative acts within and subject to the authority of the terms of reference,
policies and Diocesan Operating Procedures of the Diocese and other authorities
approved from time to time by the Trustees with the consent of the Bishop, except
those which the Bishop has reserved to himself or which require a special mandate of
the Bishop by law or which are reserved to themselves by the Trustees or expressly
delegated by the Trustees to committees or officers of the Diocese or other persons
with the consent of the Bishop. One VG has been appointed as the Moderator of the
Curia, in order to coordinate administrative matters and to ensure that those who
belong to the curia fulfill the offices entrusted to them (Can. 473 §2)

Episcopal Vicars
The Bishop has appointed three Episcopal Vicars (EV), with the same ordinary power
as a VG but limited to a specific pastoral competence. The EVs thus lead three
Vicariates: Vocation, Education and Evangelisation. In our Diocese, the EV for Vocations
is called the ‘Vicar for Clergy.’ He is also the EV for Religious. Because the EVs like the
VGs share ordinary jurisdiction directly in the Bishop’s mission, the VGs and EVs are
priests.

The Bishop’s Council
The Bishop’s Council is an advisory body serving the Bishop. It comprises the two VGs
and three EVs (can. 473 §4). The Bishop’s Secretary acts as Secretary. A sub-committee
of the Bishop’s Council (formed of the Bishop, the two VGs and the Vicar for Clergy)
form the Personnel Committee, which is concerned chiefly with the welfare and
deployment of the clergy.

The Three Vicariates of the Framework
Within the Framework for Collaboration there are three Vicariates: for Vocation, for
Education and for Evangelisation. The Vicariates act in compliance with and within
powers delegated to them under terms of reference and Diocesan Operating
Procedures and policies approved from time to time by the Trustees with the consent
of the Bishop. The Framework is theologically grounded on Christ and his three-fold
office as Priest, Prophet and King, that is, the triple munera of sanctifying (his high
priesthood), teaching (his prophetic mission) and shepherding (his rule). The three

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