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Advisory Bodies

Australian Catholic Council for Canon Law

Executive Secretary: Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs

GPO Box 368
Canberra ACT 2601

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F: (02) 6247 6083
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Advising
Bishops Commission for Canon Law

The Australian Catholic Council for Canon Law was established in 2011.

Mandate
Australian Catholic Council for Canon Law

Areas of responsibility
The Council advises the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, through the Bishops Commission for Canon Law, on canonical matters, by:

  • Developing policies for consideration by the BCCL and the ACBC
  • Providing guidelines for action and best practice in tribunal matters
  • Alerting the Bishops Commission to new areas of concern

The Council will co-opt people for membership of an ad-hoc committee as the need arises.

Number of members
The Council shall be comprised of up to six appointed members including:

  • The President or a member of the Executive of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Two Judicial Vicars
  • A member of a Religious Institute

All councilors will have a degree (licentiate or doctorate) in canon law.
The Executive Secretary of the Bishops Commission for Canon Law shall be an ex-officio member.

Appointment of members
Councillors will be appointed for a three (3) year term on the recommendation of the Bishops Commission for Canon Law and after consultation with the proposed member's diocesan bishop.
Councillors can be re-appointed for a further three year term.

Appointment of Chairperson
The Chairperson will be appointed for a three (3) year term by the Bishops Commission for Canon Law.

Frequency and Place of Meetings
The Council will normally meet by teleconference at least twice each year. The Council may meet at an appropriate time and place when the occasion demands.

Administrative Support
The Executive Secretary of the Bishop Commission for Canon Law will provide administrative support to the Council.