Canon lawyers’ gathering inspired by ‘Year of Laity’

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MANILA, April 11, 2014 — A rare, upcoming gathering of canon lawyers from April 28 to May 1 in Malvar, Batangas is inspired by the Church’s major direction of celebrating a ‘Year of the Laity.’

Bringing together an estimated 120 canon lawyers from all over the country, the 22nd National Convention of the Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP) is themed, “The Filipino Laity and the New Evangelization: Opening the Divine Paths of the Earth”, and will be held at the Lima Park Hotel, Lima Industrial Park, Malvar.

‘Priesthood to the full’

“With so much talk about a new evangelization, it is important to keep in mind the strict obligation of the sacred ministers to give the lay faithful the full resources of the Church—the Word and the Sacraments—in order for them to live out their common priesthood to the full, and thus be the agents of that new evangelization,” explained CLSP executive secretary, Fr. Jaime B. Achacoso.

The main speaker for the conference is Prof. Luis Navarro, Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. To better understand the country’s numerous and active ecclesial movements like Couples for Christ and El Shaddai, Prof. Navarro, will talk about “The Canonical Status of the Layperson” and “New Ecclesial Movements in the Papal Teaching and its Juridical Implications”.

Ecclesial movement in the Philippines

A doctor of both canon law and civil law, he will also discuss the theological and juridic implications of such movements, vis-à-vis the rights and duties of the lay faithful in general.

Fr. Achacoso, also a doctor of canon law of the Pontifical University of Navarre, Spain, shall deliver a lecture on “The Pastoral Demands of the New Evangelization: The Canonical Obligations of the Parish Priest.”

Finally, a workshop shall be held on the new praxis for the “Procedure for the Dispensation from the Clerical State”, also to be conducted by Prof. Navarro, who has extensive experience on the matter in his work at the Holy See.

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Lipa, the gathering is an opportunity for training, prayer, reflection, and priestly camaraderie.

While preference is given to the members of the CLSP (with a subsidized fee of P2,000), a limited number of slots are available to non-members (full fee of P12,000 for single or P6,000 for twin-sharing accommodations). Interested parties can direct all inquiries to the CLSP Secretariat at the CLSP Bldg., 470 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros (Manila). Tel: (02) 5235301. E-mail: fr.jim.achacoso@gmail.com; cbcpcanonlaw@yahoo.com (CBCP News)





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