The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Green, professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America and long-time member of the Canon Law Society of America, has passed into eternal rest. Msgr. Green was 79.
A member of the CLSA since 1968, Msgr. Green received his doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was a notable speaker at many CLSA conventions and workshops, and the recipient of the prestigious Role of Law Award in 1985, for his outstanding example in the furtherance of church law as a pastoral means of serving the people of God. In keeping with the ideals exemplified in the Preamble of the Society’s Constitution, he humbly accepted his responsibility “to continue research and study and to assist any members of Christ’s Body, singularly or collectively, laity or clergy, who will welcome the deliberations, research and common opinion of this Society.”
Msgr. Green served on the Publications Advisory Board from 2010 to 2015, and most recently, he was a senior editor for Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions. He co-authored Penal and Disciplinary Situations Involving Priests and Deacons: What Can Be Done – and How?, and his academic pursuits and editorial talent remain widely recognized, from his contributions to The Jurist and Studia canonica, to his work as co-editor for The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary (Paulist Press, 1985) and A New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (Paulist Press, 2000). He was a faithful and dedicated professor – named the Stephan Kuttner Distinguished Professor of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America – and a great friend to the administrative office of the CLSA.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 11:00am at Holy Name of Jesus Church (1950 Barnum Avenue) in Stratford, Connecticut. The mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, with Msgr. James Cuneo as the homilist. A wake, beginning at 10:00am, will precede the mass, and interment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Stratford. Per a press release from The Catholic University of America, a memorial mass is being planned for early June on the University campus.
Please remember Msgr. Green, as well as his family, friends, and colleagues in your prayers. May he rest in peace.