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"A" Seminars: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

A1. Insufficient Faith Leading to Simulation and Error

        Most Rev. Msgr. Kenneth Boccafola, JCD

Taking up the suggestion of the Synod on the Family to examine "the role which faith plays in persons who marry," this presentation will address the questions whether the lack of faith or insufficient faith, per se, constitutes an autonomous ground of nullity. Then various scenarios will be examined in which insufficient faith might be a disposing cause which could impact on marital consent in various ways, namely: as a contributing cause for total and partial simulation as well as for error determining the will.

A2. Raking the Embers, to Extinguish or Start a Fire: Some Thoughts on the Possibilities for the Future of Apostolic Religious Institutes

        Sr. Maria Casey, RSJ, JCD

In this presentation, we will consider the gift of charism to the Church and examine its expression at the beginning of an Apostolic Religious Institute. For most Institutes, there have been numerous changes over time so that many now have an ageing and diminishing membership. What are the options for the future? Is death of the Institute inevitable? Or are there possibilities for a newer expression of the original charism more suitable to the present needs?

A3. The Theory and Practice of Adjudicating Delicts Against the Sacrament of Penance

        Rev. Msgr. Ronny E. Jenkins, JCD

The talk will first consider the possibility of resolving allegations of delicts against the Sacrament of Penance, particularly in light of the prohibition of using matters heard by anyone and in any way on the occasion of confession (c. 1550 §2, 2). It will then discuss practical issues associated with adjudicating these type cases in the ecclesiastical forum.

A4. Called to Be a Missionary Church

        Rev. Ricardo Martin, JCL

John XXIII's call for the revision of the universal law that resulted in the 1983 Code was placed on hold until the completion of the Council. The decree Ad gentes reaffirmed the essential nature of the Church as missionary “by her very nature.” This presentation will address two basic questions: Does the Code address the essential missionary nature of the Church? And how can we as canonists support the call to be a missionary Church?    

"B" Seminars: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.

B1. Religious Sponsors, Ministry Leaders and Diocesan Bishops: Together in Communion

        Sr. Sharon Euart, RSM, JCD

This workshop will address the roles and relationships between sponsors, ministry leaders, and diocesan bishops when conflicts arise regarding the Church’s teaching or situations over which the diocesan bishop has oversight. The presentation will include the notions of sponsorship and Catholic identity, the relationship of the religious sponsor to the Church, the authority of the diocesan bishop for apostolic works in the local Church and the autonomy of religious institutes, and the potential for cooperation and collaboration to strengthen communion for the Church’s mission.

B2. Towards the Implementation of Article 14: Some Exegetical Considerations

        Rev. Msgr. John G. Johnson, JCD

The seminar examines the text of Article 14 within its context in the motu proprio Mitis Iudex to ascertain how a tribunal minister might implement it.

B3. Social Media and its Relationship to Communio

        Mr. Matthew Palmer

In this presentation, the speaker will address the need for truth in social media, particularly from the Catholic perspective. Credibility is often earned by the number of followers one has, not necessarily his or her credentials. Now, more than ever, Catholics need to be present and speaking from an informed perspective.

B4. Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church of Those in Irregular Marriages: Pastoral Realities and a Canonical Solution

        Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Souckar, JCD

Pope Francis has renewed the call for the Church to be missionary and merciful. These efforts can seem stymied when a baptized non-Catholic who is in an irregular marriage seeks full communion with the Catholic Church. Is it required to regularize the marriage before admitting the person into full communion? Is the person free to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist? The presentation will study the canonical distinction between being in full communion with the Catholic Church (CIC c. 205/CCEO c. 8) and full Christian initiation (CIC c. 842, 2/CCEO c. 697). This will lead to a solution that promotes evangelization and is both merciful and just.


"C" Seminars: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:30 p.m.

C1. Silver and Gold We Have Not: Balancing Conflicting Values in Diocesan Bankruptcy

        Barbara Anne Cusack, JCD

Dioceses file for bankruptcy only as a last resort. Once filed, a number of conflicting values need to be held in balance throughout the process. This presentation will review the canonical and practical steps involved in a Chapter 11 reorganization as well as consider what canonical structures should be in place and what canonical processes need to be followed. While elements of civil law involved in bankruptcy will be touched upon, this is not a professional review of civil law requirements.

C2. Harmony and Solicitude: Recent Canonical Changes and the Catholic Eastern Churches

        Rev. Alexander M. Laschuk, JCD

Pope Francis has promulgated numerous canonical documents related to Eastern Catholics. This seminar will examine some of those documents, especially Mitis et Misericors Iesus, De concordia inter Codices, and the 2014 Pontifical Precepts Regarding Married Eastern Clergy.

C3. Pastoral & Canonical Considerations in Causes of Canonization

        Jeannine Marino, JCL

This seminar will examine some of the pastoral and canonical issues that arise during the diocesan phase of causes of canonization. Some issues that will be examined include establishing the existence of fama sanctitatis, transfer of competency, the role of the postulator, and assisting the bishop in determining whether or not to open a cause.

C4. Structural Reorganization of Metropolitan Tribunal and Approval Process

        Very Rev. Joseph L. Newton, JCL

In light of the motu proprio Mitis iudex Dominus Iesus, many Tribunals have revaluated the organization of their appellate structures. This seminar will discuss what is new in the law and what is not and then proceed to a "nuts and bolts" practicum on how to petition the Apostolic Signatura for a change in appellate tribunal structures.


"D" Seminars: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 2:30 p.m.

D1. When the Tribunal is Not an Option, Is There Another?

        Rev. John Beal, JCD

The phrase "internal forum" is frequently used – and almost as frequently misused – in discussions of difficult marriage situations. This seminar will explore the canonical meaning of "the internal forum" and its limited usefulness in dealing with difficult marriage situations. The seminar will assess proposed non-tribunal approaches to hardship situations.

D2. Current Priestly Formation: Status quæstionis

        Rev. Robert Kaslyn, SJ, JCD

The topic, "Priestly Formation: State of the Question" raises significant issues, concerns, and questions, especially from the perspective of new papal and curial documents, canon law, particular law, theology and the intentionality of priestly formation. This presentation will offer one perspective on Priestly Formation: that is, from a canonical perspective and with the intent to clarify contemporary concerns. Inter alii, the presentation will address the goal of such formation as well as such topics as confidentiality; psychological testing; the authentic interpretation on canon 1041, nn. 4-5 of the CIC; the internal and external forum; and the scrutinies prior to ordination.

D3. The Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter: An Update of Canonical Issues

        Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes

The relatively new structure of the Personal Ordinariates established under the auspices of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus invites ongoing reflection.  The Bishop of the Ordinariate in North America will offer some insight on the canonical and other issues that have arisen in the past five years as the new Particular Church establishes the foundations necessary to support future growth and flourishing.

D4. Diocesan Administration Sede Vacante: Practical Principles and Questions

        Rev. Aaron Nord, JCD

Two canons contain almost the whole law for diocesan administration sede vacante.  The canons’ origins supply principles for their clear interpretation, resolving questions about the appointment (or removal) of curial officials, the sale of parish property, and budget deficits. New research on apostolic administrators and deaconate ordinations sede vacante will also be presented.


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