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Canon Law Seminar for Media a Success

Wednesday, May 26, 2010  
Posted by: Katie Richards
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Media Relations and the Canon Law Society of America sponsored a Canon Law Seminar for Media Representatives yesterday (5/25/2010).

Media personnel spent the day learning canonical terminology, procedures and practices

The seminar featured four presentations by canon lawyers: Fr. John Beal, Catholic University of America, Fr. Lawrence DiNardo, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM, Canon Law Society of America, and Fr. Kevin McKenna, Diocese of Rochester. All four speakers are active members of the Society; three are Role of Law recipients and three are Past-Presidents of the Society. The speakers focused on the canonical aspects of clergy sexual abuse of minors, including the relationship between canon law and civil law, a history of the US experience, canonical penalties and canonical penal procedures.

Fr. John Beal gave a presentation on Canonical Penalties

Fr. Lawrence Jurcak, President, Canon Law Society of America, attended the seminar along with CLSA members, Msgr. Thomas Green, Catholic University of America, and USCCB staff members, Msgr. Ronny Jenkins and Siobhan Verbeek. Most of the major U.S. newspapers were represented, along with several Catholic news outlets and a few (Arch)Diocesan Communications Directors.

At the conclusion of the day-long seminar, the four speakers participated in a panel discussion where media representative asked questions. The seminar was filmed; please click here to view the videos (posted on the USCCB website).

Panelists Fr. John Beal, Fr. Kevin McKenna, Fr. Lawrence DiNardo and Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM answered questions from the media

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