Approval of the Signature Apostolica

Approval of the Signature Apostolica

Initially, for the two parts of the first course (16 November to 12 December 1987; and November to December 1988) there had been five lecturers for the eight segments of the course. When that first course had been completed (it had been regarded as a pilot project) a report was made back to the Research Sub-Committee; and then to the Executive Committee of the Canon Law Society. This same report – after consideration by the Executive Committee – was sent to the Signatura Apostolica with a letter from the President at the time (Monsignor David Cousins) on 22 November 1989. A reply dated 4 December 1989 was received from the Prefect of the Signatura Apostolica, namely Cardinal Achille Silvestrini and was also countersigned by Bishop Zenon Grocholwleski, the Secretary.

That letter indicated that the Course “must be recognised as an interim solution to the difficulty which Dioceses have in obtaining qualified Tribunal personnel”. The Prefect also sent his best wishes and encouragement for the next Course which was shortly to follow. This reply was dated 4 December 1989; and since that time there have been eight more Courses and the most recent was concluded in February 2007. Since the first Course there have been twenty lecturers involved, all of them with similar academic credentials and canonical experience.