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:! 12 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Canon lawyers discuss theolog of Church raw Former diocesan staff heads national organization "will be an entirely new venture and not simply an update or revision of the current commen- tary." The 14-page study on canoni- cal implications of ordaining married men in the United States said that around the world, with special Vatican per- mission in each case, "several hundred married men have been ordained to the presbyter- ate (in the Latin rite) while remaining in a conjugal com- munion of life." Most notable in the United States, Canada and Great Britain are the cases of former Anglican or Episcopal priests who have become Catholics and been admitted to Catholic ordained priesthood. The study said the canonical implications under discussion "apply to the present situations" and. would "'also apply to any other situation in which the competent ecclesiastical author- ities were to determine to per- mit the ordination of married men to the priesthood." Among issues the study addressed were the rights of -financial support and benefits adequate to such a priest's mar- ried state, rights and obligations of ministry, obligations to exem- plary married and family life, and differences in vocation dis- cernment and ministerial for- mation for someone who is mar- fled. It cited norms in church law for married priests of the East- ern rites as providing policy guidance for U.S. dioceses with married priests or married can- didates for priesthood. The resolution calling for a study on the selection process for new U.S. bishops asked that findings and recommendations be reported'back to the society by its 1998 convention. The resolution to study dioce- san pastoral councils stated that the number of councils in U.S. Latin-rite dioceses dropped from 89 in 1984 to 67 last year, less than 40 percent of the dioceses in the country. It noted that the Second Vat- ican Council, Pope John Paul II and the U.S. bishops as recent- ly as last year have encouraged diocesan pastoral councils. It asked for a task force report on ways to increase the number and effectiveness of such coun- cils at the society's 1998 con- vention. The resolution asking for a study on inforrffal canonical advocacy called for the society to invite the U.S. bishops' Com- mittee on Canonical Affairs to participate in the study. The St. Louis convention was framed by two major talks on "the theological task of canon law." On the opening day a Cana- dian Dominican theologian; Father Jean-Marie R. Tillard, addressed the issue from a the- ologian's viewpoint, focusing on the role of church law in pro- moting communion. U.S. Jesuit Father Ladislas Orsy took up the same topic from a canon lawyer's perspec- tive in the convention's closing session Oct. 10. At the convention banquet Oct. 9 Father Calve presented the society's annual Role of Law Award to Msgr. William A. Var- varo. Msgr. Varvaro is currently pastor of St. Margaret's Parish in Middle Village, N.Y., and was judicial vicar of the Brooklyn Diocese from 1981 to 1993. He was society president in 1984-85 and has lectured on canon law at The Catholic Uni- versity of America in Washing- ton, D.C.; St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y.; and the Semi- ST. LOUIS(CNS)- U.S. and Canadian canon lawyers dis- cussed the theology of church law at the Oct. 7-10 meeting of the Canon Law Society of Amer- ica in St. Louis. The church law specialists received a report on the impli- cations for church law of the admission of married men to the priesthood in the Latin rite. They commissioned three new studies to be conducted under the auspices of the society: --A study on the current process of appointment of bish- ops in the United States, with recommendations for possible improvement. -- A study of diocesan pastoral councils with recommendations "for their more widespread and effective functioning." -- A study of ways to improve "'informal canonical advocacy" as a way of equitably settling dis- putes within the church without resorting to formal administra- tive or judicial processes. Father Randolph Calve, judi- cial vicar of the San Francisco Archdiocese and President of the society, said in his presidential report that work on a revised English translation of the Code of Canon Law was nearly done. He said a new translation of the Code of Canons of the East- ern Churches has been started as well, and the society has com- missioned a new commentary on the Code of Canon Law. 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