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2016 Pre-Convention Workshop Offerings
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The Canon Law Society is pleased to offer two pre-convention workshops in conjunction with our annual convention. The workshops immediately precede the general convention, and registration fees include continental breakfast, coffee breaks, a reception, and other networking opportunities.

Workshops begin Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9:00am and conclude at noon on Monday, October 10, 2016.



Please note that the schedule, as defined below, is approximate. Each Pre-Convention speaker crafts a timeline for his/her workshop.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

  • 5:00pm Registration begins

Sunday, October 9, 2016

  • 7:30am Eucharist
  • 8:00am Continental Breakfast; Registration continues
  • 9:00am Workshops begin
  • 10:30am Coffee and Tea Break
  • 10:45am Workshops resume
  • 12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:30pm Workshops resume
  • 3:00pm Coffee and Tea Break
  • 3:15pm Workshops resume
  • 5:00pm Reception

Monday, October 10, 2016

  • 7:30am Eucharist
  • 8:00am Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am Workshops resume
  • 10:30am Coffee and Tea Break
  • 10:45am Workshop resume
  • 12:00pm Workshops conclude

Workshop 1. Practical Responses to Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Dysphoria: Ethical, Canonical, and Pastoral Considerations

Presenters: Diane L. Barr, JCD, JD, and John A. Di Camillo, Ph.D., Be.L.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning ("LGBTQ") issues have become increasingly prominent in media, culture, politics, law, education, and health care, presenting ministries of the Catholic Church with profound questions. This workshop will encourage reflection and discussion through an examination of the various ethical, canonical, and practical pastoral challenges that arise in ministering to persons experiencing same-sex attraction (gay, lesbian, bisexual), gender dysphoria (transgender), or uncertainty of sexual orientation or identity (questioning). The workshop will address theological, anthropological, and scientific aspects of human sexuality as they relate to same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria. This will help inform responses to a variety of questions facing diocesan and pastoral leaders, including proper treatment of adults and children, health care access, assistance through Catholic Charities, Catholic education, admission to marriage, orders, or religious life, and sacramental assistance in our parishes. Participants will use an active problem-based format to consider the application of the Church’s current teachings on this subject in a variety of Catholic environments.


Workshop 2. An Abbreviated Rotal Matrimonial Processes Course in Light of Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus; and Mitis et Misericors Iesus

Presenters: Most Rev. Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, accompanied by Rotal Auditor(s)

Offered by Rev. Msgr. Pio Vinto Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, with the assistance of Rotal Auditor(s), this workshop will explore various tenets of M.P. Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and M.P. Mitis et Misericors Iesus. The workshop will feature a series of lectures on such topics as:

  • Ecclesiological Foundation of the New Matrimonial Process
  • Fundamental Criteria of the Reform of Pope Frances in Matrimonial Process
  • The Ordinary Process, The Competent Fora, and The Right to Impugn a Marriage
  • Introduction and Instruction of a Case
  • The Sentence: Its Challenge and Effectiveness
  • The Processus Brevior before the Bishop: I. Historical Roots. II. Presuppositions. III. Structure. IV. Dynamics. V. The Appeal.
  • Practical Considerations and Examination of a Case

In addition to group discussion, there will be time devoted to questions on Monday.


  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $275 for all registrations made prior to/on September 8, 2016
  • STANDARD TICKET: $325 for all registrations made after September 8, 2016

If you plan to attend the general convention and a pre-convention workshop, please register here. You will be prompted to toggle the general convention registration ticket, as well as the workshop ticket of your choice.

If you wish to register for ONLY a pre-convention workshop (and you do not plan to attend the general conference), please select an option below and proceed to checkout:

  1. I wish to register for Workshop One.
  2. I wish to register for Workshop Two.


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