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2009 CLSA Convention Schedule

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Monday, October 12, 2009

1:00 – 5:00 PM Registration

4:00 PM Opening Prayer, Welcome and Introductions

4:30 PM Keynote Address: Baptism: Common Call to Service Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL, Marquette University

All call to ministry is rooted in baptism which endows Church members with a diversity of charismatic gifts for the building up of the community.

6:00-7:00 PM Reception

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

7:30-8:00 AM Liturgy

7:30-8:30 AM Committee Chairperson Breakfast

8:00-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30 AM Seminars

I. Determining Error: Hot New Ground of Nullity or Recycled Old Ground Rev. John P. Beal, Catholic University of America

The “culture of divorce” which surrounds us has made “determining error” a hot ground of nullity among tribunal practitioners, but the Roman Rota has shown little enthusiasm for the ground. This talk will explore the role of error about essential properties of marriage in Rotal jurisprudence.

II. Rights and Obligations to Remuneration or Sustenance Rev. Patrick R. Lagges, Archdiocese of Chicago

This presentation will examine various aspects of clergy compensation, particularly the concepts of remuneration and sustenance. Practical application to the penal process will be discussed.

III. Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia: Organic Continuity or Disjunctive Conflict? Msgr. James P. Moroney, Diocese of Worcester

This presentation will examine the third edition of the Roman Missal and its General Instruction in particular in relationship to preceding liturgical legislation and the vision of Sacrosanctum Concilium. The seminar will also explore whether this latest revision will be experienced as a manifestation of organic development or of a disjunctive conflict at this stage of the post-conciliar liturgical renewal.

IV. To Protect and To Serve: The Relationship Between the Victim Assistance Coordinator and Canonical Personnel Ms. Amy Jill Strickland, Archdiocese of Boston

This seminar will explore the often complex relationship between victim assistance coordinators and those canonists involved in penal processes. The speaker will offer suggestions on how to avoid falling into the trap of juxtaposing the “legal” against the “pastoral” in these sensitive cases.

10:30 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Seminars

V. Psychology and Priestly Formation: Blessings and Tensions Msgr. Craig Cox, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood, issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education on 29 June 2008 and presented at a press conference on 30 October, reflects an important realization that psychology offers important tools that can enhance formation for priesthood. Yet, this recognition is tempered by concerns that these psychological tools be used appropriately, that psychology not overstep its bounds in the formation process, and that the rights of individuals be respected. Along with the Program of Priestly Formation (Fifth Edition) promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops with the prior approval of the Congregation for Catholic Education, this document raises fascinating questions about the nature of the priesthood and priestly formation, the interplay of the rights of the Christian community, the rights of candidates for ordination, and the rights and obligations of bishops and superiors, as well as issues of the relationship of universal and particular law.

VI. Juridical Structure of Marriage in Catholicism and Mormonism Rev. Langes James Silva, Diocese of Salt Lake City

The purpose of this workshop is to present a comparative review of law between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as the Mormon Church) on the institution of marriage, one of the most public faces of Catholicism and Mormonism in the modern world. The presentation will examine interdisciplinary factors which combine theology, legal structures and remembrance of vivid episodes in American law history. The description and synthesis of the authoritative doctrine and the legal pronouncements of both churches will lead us to determine their particular position in the legal field and to evaluate the current canonical practices.

VII. Canonical Supports for Collaboration in Sacramental Ministry Sr. Therese Guerin Sullivan, SP, Diocese of Cleveland

The presentation will explore canonical foundations for legitimate means of collaboration of ordained and lay ministers in sacramental ministry.

VIII. Procedural Law: Suggested Revisions after Twenty-Five Years Rev. Ian Waters, Canon Law Society of Australia & New Zealand

A discussion of selected canons and the revisions suggested in the light of twenty-five years of use.

1:45 – 2:30 PM Candidates Forum

2:30 – 4:00 PM Seminars

IX. (Repeat) Determining Error: Hot New Ground of Nullity or Recycled Old Ground Rev. John P. Beal

X. (Repeat) Rights and Obligations to Remuneration or Sustenance Rev. Patrick R. Lagges

XI. Collaboration in the Ministry of the Church – Sponsorship in Theory and Praxis Rev. Warren Brown, OMI, Archdiocese of San Antonio and Sr. Rosemary Smith, SC, Sisters of Charity, Convent Station, NJ

This seminar will present the findings of a CLSA symposium on sponsorship and its impact for religious congregations, as well as for the diocesan church. Current issues will be presented that may assist the canonist in developing appropriate structures in this emerging area of concern and interest.

XII. Records Management and Canon 489 Br. Patrick T. Shea, OFM, Diocese of Cleveland; Christine Taylor, Archdiocese of Seattle; Mr. Jac Treanor, Archivist, Archdiocese of Chicago; and Rev. Manuel Viera, OFM, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

The presentation will review the meaning of canon 489 in the context of contemporary records and information management principles generated by Diocesan Review Boards, the USCCB Audit, Health insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), and the proliferation of electronic records such as emails, databases and web pages. The panellists will explore the perspectives of archives, Tribunal records, chancery and civil law.

4:30 – 6:00 PM Budget Report and Open Hearing on Resolutions

6:00 – 7:30 PM Alumni Receptions


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

7:30-8:30 AM Past Presidents’ Breakfast

8:15-9:00 AM Coffee & Tea

9:00-10:30 AM Major Address: Collaboration and Canon Law Br. Loughlan Sofield, ST, Author and Consultant

This presentation will address the value and significance of collaboration for canon lawyers.

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 PM Seventy-First Annual Business Meeting

2:30 – 4:00 PM Seminars

XIII. (Repeat) Psychology and Priestly Formation: Blessings and Tensions Msgr. Craig Cox

XIV. (Repeat) Procedural Law: Suggested Revisions after Twenty-Five Years Rev. Ian Waters

XV. The Incomparable Eastern Canons on the Role of Laity Rev. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., St. Paul’s University

Compared to the Latin Canons, are the Eastern Canons on the laity incomparable because they reflect in an unequalled way the direct form of cooperation in the Apostolate of the Hierarchy (LG #33) or are they incomparable simply because the Eastern norms on the laity are too different? The paper will exam the parallel canons (CCEO/CIC) from both perspectives.

XVI. Promoter of Justice: Traditional Office / Contemporary Challenges Rev. James I. Donlon, Diocese of Albany

5:00 PM Liturgy / Installation of Board of Governors

6:00 PM Convention Reception

7:30 PM Convention Banquet


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

9:00 -10:30 AM Major Address: Challenges in Tribunal Staff: The Perspective of an Administrator Very Rev. Lawrence A. DiNardo, Diocese of Pittsburgh

With the promulgation of Dignitas Connubii along with the Code of Canon Law, Tribunals are faced with many challenges in the proper administration of justice with limited resources, both personnel and financial. This presentation will explore some of those challenges and offer some reflections on a few surveyed current practices as well as possible new options from the perspective of an administrator in the Diocesan Curia.


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