DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH
SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED BY HOLINESS
POPE PAUL VI ON NOVEMBER 21, 1964
From Chapter 3, Section 20
Bishops, therefore, with their helpers, the priests and deacons, have taken up the service of the community, (11*) presiding in place of God over the flock,(12*) whose shepherds they are, as teachers for doctrine, priests for sacred worship, and ministers for governing.(13*) And just as the office granted individually to Peter, the first among the apostles, is permanent and is to be transmitted to his successors, so also the apostles' office of nurturing the Church is permanent, and is to be exercised without interruption by the sacred order of bishops. (14*) Therefore, the Sacred Council teaches that bishops by divine institution have succeeded to the place of the apostles, (15*) as shepherds of the Church, and he who hears them, hears Christ, and he who rejects them, rejects Christ and Him who sent Christ.(149)(16*)
Further, I would like to remind us all that on more than one occasion and visitation, Our Beloved Lady has repeated the call to obey the Bishops. Even when she instructed the visionaries of Fatime, to tell the Bishop to do this, that, or the other thing, and the Bishop would demand from the visionaries a sign, our Lady would grant the sign. If she would condescend to accomodate the Bishops, where do we get off demanding that we do not need to oby them.
If you believe that your bishop is in the wrong, do NOT attack him, or your National Council of Bishops, but rather, obey them, and accept their decisions, and at the same time, pray charitably for them.
They are after all, successors to the Apostles, placed in authority over us by the will of God. If the Bishops and priests are weak, could it be, might it be that maybe just maybe it is because we have stopped praying for them. Stop criticizing the Bishops and start praying for them instead. We'll get a lot further, a lot faster. But when we pray, we must remember that God always answers our prayers, sometimes the answer is NO