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Committees

The CLSA is served by two types of committees: 1) Constitutional Committees established and their tasks defined by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society; and 2) Standing Committees established as needed by the Board of Governors. The eight Standing Committees are entrusted with responsibilities which are on-going concerns of the Society.

 

Constitutional Committees

(in the order presented in the Constitution)

 

The Committee on Nominations

Constituted: Constitution, Articles IX and X

Mandate:

  1. To submit to the active members, at least one month prior to the date of election, the names of nominees as provided for in Article IX of the Constitution.
  2. To formulate and recommend to the Board of Governors plans for maintaining and increasing membership in the Society. Revise all proposals so that the meaning of each is clear. (Article X)

 


The Committee on Resolutions

Constituted: Constitution, Article X 2009

Mandate:

  1. To solicit, develop and draft proposed resolutions which will express the concerns of the Canon Law Society of America;
  2. To consult with the membership at large and, in particular with the Board of Governors, the standing and ad hoc committees of the Society, and the organizers of the annual convention;
  3. To formulate proposed resolutions on given points in response to requests of the members of the Society;
  4. To compose differences in the formulation of similar proposals and to revise all proposals so that the meaning of each is clear; (and)
  5. To encourage resolutions which authentically express in a positive way the activities and concerns of the Society.

 


The Committee on Resource and Asset Management

Constituted: Constitution, Article X, as last amended in 2008 and 2013 (Old Committee Structure:  Committees on Budget, Investment and Scholarship Fund)

Mandate: 

  1. To develop a comprehensive budget for all the activities of the Society and report on the funding available for projects;
  2. To submit the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to the Board of Governors for approval at its spring meeting;
  3. To conserve, invest and disperse the monies of the Scholarship Fund in accord with the criteria established by the Society; (and)
  4. To advise the Treasurer on all matters pertaining to the Society's investments. (Article X, 7)

 


The Committee on Professional Responsibility

Constituted: Constitution, Article X (as last amended in 1995), and the Code of Professional Responsibilities, which was adopted in 1983 (for an experimental period of three years), revised in 1987, with a Statement Concerning Professional Courtesies adopted for an experimental period of three years in October 1993, which was revised and adopted in 1996; the current version of the CLSA Revised Code of Professional Responsibility was adopted in October 2016 (Introduction).

Mandate:

  1. Regarding complaints:
    • To receive complaints of any party aggrieved with respect to provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility of the CLSA;
    • To make an initial finding that the complaint is not frivolous but is serious in character;
    • By majority vote, to refer the matter to one of the Hearing Officers; 
  2. To issue advisory opinions and decisions on the application of the Code of Professional Responsibility; (and)
  3. To advise on all other questions concerning the professional responsibility of canonists.

 

 

Standing Committees

(in alphabetical order)

 

The Committee on Church Governance

Constituted: 2009

Mandate:

It is the function of the Committee on Church Governance:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to Church structures and governance or the implementation thereof, including but not limited to the following:
    • diocesan and parish temporalities;
    • consultative bodies;
    • diocesan and parish structures;
    • power of governance;
    • comparative law issues;
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning Church governance; (and)
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with issues of Church governance.

 


The Committee on Clergy

Constituted: 2009

Mandate: 

It is the function of the Committee on Clergy:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of bishops, priests and deacons or the implementation thereof, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • canonical issues related to the sexual abuse of minors,
    • clergy personnel issues and resources,
    • advocacy for clergy in penal cases;
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning clergy; and
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with clergy issues.

 


The Committee on Convention Planning

Constituted: 1971

Mandate: 

It is the function of the Committee on Convention Planning:

  1. To receive from the Board of Governors the approved general theme of the next convention as well as any suggestions from the Committee on Research & Discussion for the development of the theme;
  2. To recommend to the BOG, in accord with the general theme, topics for major addresses, seminars or other presentations at future convention, as well as a list of potential speakers and the honoraria for such speakers;
  3. Following BOG approval, to arrange for the speakers, addresses and seminars for the annual convention;
  4. To oversee the planning of all convention liturgies and prayer services in cooperation with its subcommittee for Convention Liturgies; (and)
  5. To review the evaluations of the most recent Convention and assist the Convention Chairperson in planning future arrangements, as needed.



The Committee on Eastern Churches

Constituted: 2018

Mandate: 

It is the function of the Committee on Eastern Churches:

  1. To foster the study of the law of the Eastern Catholic and Eastern non-Catholic Churches through seminars at CLSA conventions and symposia and in publications and translations.
  2. To serve as a resource to respond to inquiries regarding pastoral questions involving Eastern Christians.
  3. To serve as a resource to other CLSA Committees when initiatives call for consideration of Eastern Catholic issues.
  4. To promote the involvement of canonists proficient in Eastern canon law in the Society.
  5. To promote the unity of Churches in all publications and discussions.

 


The Committee on Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Constituted: 2009 (Revised Mandate 2019)

Mandate: 

It is the function of the Committee on Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life or the implementation thereof, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • sponsorship;
    • mergers and restructuring of institutes;
    • governance;
    • membership;
    • new forms of consecrated life;
    • the process for private and public associations to be established as Institutes of Consecrated Life or Societies of Apostolic Life.
  2. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of solitary forms of consecrated life, including but not limited to, the following:
    • eremitic or anchoritic life;
    • hermits;
    • consecrated virgins;
    • widows.
  3. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG.
  4. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning any form of religious life listed in 1 or 2 above.
  5. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with issues of any form of religious life listed in 1 or 2 above.



The Committee on Laity

Constituted: 2009

Mandate:

It is the function of the Committee on Laity:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining to the life and ministry of lay persons or the implementation thereof, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Lay ecclesial ministry;
    • Collaboration with clergy;
    • Rights of the lay faithful;
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning the laity, (and)
  4. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with the role of the laity in the Church.

 


The Committee on the Publications Advisory Board

Constituted: 2007

Mandate: 

It is the function of the Committee on the Publications Advisory Board:

  1. To advise the BOG about all aspects of current, periodic and proposed CLSA publication projects, including financial, literary, educational and marketing issues;
  2. To monitor the progress of all CLSA publication projects;
  3. To implement the procedures for peer review of CLSA publications;
  4. To make the final recommendation to the Board of Governors regarding specific publications.
  5. To review the coordination and management of the CLSA’s publications activity on the part of the Office of the Executive Coordinator; (and)
  6. To provide a written report to the CLSA membership at the annual convention.  

 


The Committee on Research and Development

Constituted: 2008

Mandate:

It is the function of the Committee on Research and Development:

  1. To initiate or cooperate in all CLSA research projects such as seminars, symposia and special studies;
  2. To design and implement Think Tanks that will allow for diverse views on issues of ecclesial life having canonical implications;
  3. To develop and recommend themes for the annual Conventions for submission to the Board of Governors for approval and subsequent referral to the Convention Planning Committee for implementation;
  4. To maintain close communication with all the committees of the Society in order to facilitate needed research and discussion;
  5. To interact with the Publications Advisory Board in order to assess the current and contemplated publications of the CLSA and offer suggestions and guidance for publication planning. 

 


The Committee on Sacramental Law

Constituted: 2009

Mandate:

It is the function of the Committee on Sacramental Law:

  1. To initiate as needed any projects pertinent to the study of canon law pertaining the sacramental life of the Church or the implementation thereof;
  2. To oversee projects referred to the committee by the BOG;
  3. To oversee its subcommittees working on projects concerning the sacramental life of the Church;
  4. To offer suggestions to the BOG for marriage topics for pre-convention workshops; (and)
  5. To collaborate with national organizations and other groups dealing with the sacramental life of the Church.



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