This grave duty constitutes a necessary means by which the richness present in every state of ecclesial life can be correctly conformed to the promptings of the Spirit and by which communion becomes an effective reality in the daily journeying of the entire Community.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, to whose intercession this document is commended, assist all in understanding its purpose, and bring to fruitful completion those efforts, made in apostolic concern, to apply it faithfully.
All particular laws, customs and faculties conceded by the Holy See ad experimentum or other ecclesiastical authorities which are contrary to the foregoing norms are hereby revoked.
Pontifical Council for the Laity
James Francis Stafford, President
Stanislaw Rylko, Secretary
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect
Tarcisio Bertone, SDB,Secretary
Congregation for Divine Warship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez, Pro-Prefect
Geraldo Majella Agnelo, Secretary
Congregation for Bishops
Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Prefect
Jorge María Mejía,Secretary
Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Jozef Cardinal Tomko, Prefect
Giuseppe Uhac, Secretary
Congregation for Institutes of Consecretated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Eduardo Cardinal Martínez Somalo, Prefect
Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, CP, Secretary
Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts
Julián Herranz, President
Bruno Bertagna, Secretary
NOTE: This is the first Vatican document ever to be signed unanimously by all departments of the Curia. This concludes the entire document released by the Holy See on November 13. For review, see archives.