April 25, 2007 – A one-day symposium on Canon law was held at the Sacred Heart Center in Cebu City on April 18, 2007.
Organized by the Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP), the activity was open to all the members of the clergy, institutes of consecrated life and the lay faithful of the Cebu archdiocese.
Three Church law experts spoke in the symposium, which focused on the process for the Declaration of Marriage Nullity, the legal aspect for the establishment of New Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Law on Eucharistic Liturgy.
The CLSP noted that the world of Canon Law remains a mystery for most Catholic faithful. Many times, it said, this is due to a general lack of juridic sense not just in ecclesiastical affairs but also even in civil life.
Sometimes, the CLSP said, this may also be due to a false pastoral approach, which “tends to undermine Church Law and discipline in favor of a misunderstood charity which is tantamount to relativism and license.”
“Whatever the reason, the result is confusion and abuse, which cannot but lead to a breakdown of authentic Christian life,” it said.
The symposium also coincided with this year’s 15th National CLSP Convention on April 16 to 18, with the Archdiocese of Cebu as the host.
Roman Rota Judge Msgr. Cormac Burke along with canon lawyers from across the country participated in the gathering.
CLSP is an association of canon lawyers, established with the encouragement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 1993. It has close to 200 members, 95 percent of them are priests engaged in different Ecclesiastical Tribunals, a growing number of bishops, and a handful of laypersons and nuns. (From: CBCPNEWS)