| Year 2002 Canonical Studies

1. Bishop as the Mirror of Justice (Prof. Augustine Mendonca)


It was just over a year ago that I received the formal invitation to make this presentation and at the time a tentative title for it was suggested to reflect its intended content, that is, “The Bishop as the Mirror of Justice and Equity in the Particular Church.” The development of events of the recent past in the United States and the world all over made me really uncomfortable with the subject matter and even tempted me to re-consider the topic and to venture into some other aspect of justice and equity in the Church.......

2. Office of the Chancellor Chancery and Archives (Rev. Fr. Jose Porunnedom)


Canons 482 to 490 in the Code of Canon Law (CIC) and canons 252 to 261 in the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches (CCEO) deal with the office of the chancellor of the diocesan curia and his role in maintaining the diocesan archives. In the 1917 code canons 372 to 384 and in the Motu Proprio Cleri Sanctitati canons 439 to 451 dealt with the same topic. Literally the Latin term cancellarius means gate-keeper. Indeed, he is the gate-keeper of the diocesan archives or the entire documentation centre........

3. The Office of the Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar (Rev. Fr. A. Rayappan)


Though laws made by the supreme authority of the Church make most of the offices in the diocesan Curia obligatory, some of these remain vacant for too long in some diocese. But the office of Vicar General is rarely vacant and this speaks volumes for the importance and attention it receives from bishops, priests and other members of the people of God. If the 1983 Code can be called “an Episcopal code” because of a number of references to the bishop, their immediate collaborators i.e. the Vicars General and Episcopal Vicars have also received their due in the same Code........

4. The Relationship Between the Bishop and His Curia (Fr. David Bara)


Probably most of us have grown up with an image of the Catholic Church as a perfect society organized or structured in the form of a pyramid. The pyramidal structure with the Pope at the top and all others sloping down in a hierarchic order toward the laity at the bottom has been a familiar view of a “perfect society.” The natural consequence of this conception has been the belief that even one’s right to be involved in the Church’s mission had to be handed down from the head.........

5. The Structural Components of the Diocesan Curia (Prof. Augustine Mendonca)

PART I:- Introduction

Canon 469 of the 1983 Code defines the constitution and finality of the diocesan curia. It states that: “The diocesan curia consists of those institutions and persons which assist the bishop in the governance of the whole diocese, especially in guiding pastoral action, in caring for the administration of the diocese, and in exercising judicial power.” According to this canon, a diocesan curia consists of “institutions” and “persons,” and, unlike canon 363 of the 1917 Code, it does not list the “institutions” nor does it specify who the “persons” are, although in some of the canons that follow there is mention of a moderator of the curia........

6. SACRED ORDINATION (Fr. Mathew Kochupurackal)


3 – Bishop’s Vicars

The vicar general and Episcopal vicar are the direct collaborators of the diocesan bishop in the pastoral governance of the diocese. They are his “alter ego.” The figure of the vicar general has a long history, and there is evidence of its beginnings in the 13th century. Whereas, the figure of the Episcopal vicar has post-Vatican II origin. ........