A leading canon lawyer believes accountability and transparency are critical within Church institutions to ensure they reflect the Gospel values upon which they were founded, reports BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education.
Emeritus Professor Francis Morrisey OMI was speaking at the official launch of BBI’s new Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Canon Law courses at the Polding Centre offices of the Archdiocese of Sydney on Monday.
“Canon Law is a critical element in ensuring that Catholic institutions embrace the vision and values of the Church, especially in the field of ethics and in that critical area of respecting the dignity of each person,” Fr Morrisey said.
The event brought together prominent leaders of religious congregations and canon law students and lecturers from across Australia.
Fr Morrisey, who is based at Saint-Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in canon law in the English-speaking world, having been invited to speak on this critical topic in 50 countries.
He was involved in the preparation of the Code of Canon Law that was commissioned by Vatican II and promulgated in 1983 and he has served as Consultor to Pontifical and Episcopal Conferences in the Vatican City.
Saint-Paul University has a strong partnership with BBI, allowing for Australian-based students to potentially undertake some of their postgraduate studies in canon law in Ottawa at a pontifically recognised university.
Emeritus Professor Morrisey said today’s generation of increasingly lay Catholic leaders need to be well prepared to meet the challenges of balancing their obligations under canon and civil law.
“And in so doing, they should embrace the spirit of collaboration and transparency that was so much a part of the vision of the Second Vatican Council.”
World renowned canon lawyer launches BBI’s new Governance and Canon Law courses ( BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education)