A vital suggestion, made again by Monsignor John Humphreys, was that the Society should start a ‘Newsletter’. A Newsletter started in June 1969 and it has covered every aspect of the Society’s existence and work since that time. But, more by luck than judgement there also exists some information about the Society’s existence between 1958 and 1969. There cannot be many people who go back to the late 50s in the Society. All the Founding Fathers have died. Consequently, it is by the deep plundering of people’s memories that anything can be gleaned from those early days of the Society.
However, since the appearance of Canon Law Society Newsletter (CLSN), we have a record of all that the Society has been involved in; and there is a picture of the canonical situation in the country and elsewhere from 1969 onwards. This makes fascinating reading . The majority of the areas in which the CLS itself (and its work) has been involved is covered by the pages of this website. But there is also a broad picture of what was happening elsewhere specially in the Canon Law Societies of other countries.
In the fifties there was one English speaking Canon Law Society elsewhere, in the United States of America. Then followed the CLS in 1958; after which in the early 1960s the Canon Law Society of Canada was born; and slightly later the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand. In recent years Canon Law Societies has also been founded in Nigeria, India, South Africa and Kenya.
One of the elements of the CLSN was the publication of Tribunal Statistics for England and Wales (to start with and then the statistics for Scotland and Ireland). For those who are interested in Statistical Studies relating to our Tribunals in these Islands, the references to these statistics are given in the section of this website titled ‘Canon Law Tribunal Statistics’.