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Workshop Offerings:

The CLSA is proud to offer the following workshops in conjunction with the 2014 Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Pre-Convention workshops begin Sunday morning, October 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. and end Monday, October 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

  • W1. Examination of Simulations: Total and Partial in Light of Recent Rotal Jurisprudence
    • Presented by Dr. Lynda Robitaille and Msgr. John G. Johnson
      • In every simulation case the judge is interested in discovering the existence of a positive act of the will. Fundamental questions in any analysis of simulation are therefore what a positive act of the will is and what sorts of things characterize it (e.g., a dialectic between the reason(s) urging the subject to undergo the ceremony of marriage and the reason9s) urging/her Not thereby to become married as the Church understands marriage).

Peculiar to each kind of simulation case is the object of that positive act of the will. Hence, the workshop would then focus: (a) on total simulation and exclusions of the bonum coniugum and the sacramentality of marriage; (b) on exclusion of the bonum prolis; (c) on exclusion of the bonum fidei; (d) on exclusion of the bonum sacramenti.

The foundation of proving simulation tends to be the admission of the simulator, but there is a body of cases in which: (a) the admission is ambiguous; (b) the admission (at least in words) is nonexistence; or (c) the alleged simulator denies having simulated. How the Rota deals with cases in these situations is interesting in itself and helpful to practitioners in lower tribunals.

The bulk of the evidence tends to be testimony of witnesses. Here it is useful to reflect on the difference between reporting facts and stating opinions and the way in which one weighs testimony that purports to report facts. Here the group can reflect together on what kinds of questions to ask the witnesses and why we should ask those questions rather than others.

  • W2. Dispensation from the Obligations of the Clerical State: Background, Practical Aspects and Procedure
    • Presented by Rev. Mgsr. Richard Soseman
      • This workshop will explore the background and procedures involved in seeking a dispensation from the obligations attendant upon Holy Orders and Clerical celibacy: specifically, how documents are best prepared at the Diocesan level, and how they are processed at the Holy See.

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Workshop schedule:

Saturday, October  11, 2014

5pm
Registration begins

Sunday, October 12, 2014

7:30am
Liturgy
8:15-9am
Continental Breakfast
8:30am
Registration continues
9am
Workshops begin
10:30am
Coffee and Tea Break
12noon
Break for Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm
Workshops resume
3pm
Coffee and Tea Break
5pm
Reception

Monday, October 13, 2014

7:30am
Liturgy
8am
Continental Breakfast
9am
Workshops resume
10:30am
Coffee and Tea Break
12noon
Workshops conclude

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Registration:

The registration fee is $275 for all registrations made prior to/on September 12, 2014; the fee increases to $325 after September 12. Click here to register for BOTH the convention AND a pre-convention workshop.

Please note: The registration links below are for persons who plan to attend Pre-Convention ONLY. Participants will not be registered for the general convention.

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