CBCP creates new office on stewardship

CBCP creates new office on stewardship

The CBCP elects Bishop Broderick Pabillo as chairman of the newly established Episcopal Office on Stewardship. RCAM-AOC

By CBCP News

July 12, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has created a service arm to help move dioceses toward a stewardship model, a church official said.

Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, CBPC Secretary General, said the decision was made during the bishops’ 122nd plenary assembly on Friday.

“One of the decisions that came out from the plenary assembly is the creation of the Episcopal Office on Stewardship,” Pantin said.

The priest said among the functions of the new office is to assist the dioceses in implementing the abolition of the arancel system.

“One of the tasks of this office is to help the dioceses implement that pastoral letter issued last January about the spirituality of stewardship, which would lead to the abolition of arancel in the celebration of the sacraments,” Pantin said.

At the same time, the assembly also voted Bishop Broderick Pabillo to head the new office effective immediately.

Pabillo, who will be installed as the new bishop of Taytay on Aug. 19, is also the outgoing chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Laity.

In the January pastoral statement, the CBCP assured it is committed to education, formation, and catechesis in the spirituality of stewardship for the clergy, religious and laity.

The commitment was made in view of adopting a concrete stewardship program in the dioceses to replace the arancel system as soon as possible.

Arancel is a system of fees for church services, such as baptism, confirmation, weddings and Masses.

The CBCP said the new office primarily aims to help the dioceses that are having difficulty in implementing the program.

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