The (un)canonical censures have begun to be issued in the Archdiocese of Agana, and laity and clergy alike might soon need recourse to good, qualified counsel. While it’s a work in progress, here is a list of potential counsel. All are “off-island”, but that should pose no problem whatsoever.
Feel free to suggest more.
- The St. Joseph Foundation – https://stjosephcanonlaw.com/
- Professional Canonical Services– http://www.catholiccanonlaw.com/
- Canon Law Professionals, LLC – http://www.canonlawprofessionals.com/
- Canon Law Services http://www.canonlawservices.com/
- Canon Law Society of the Philippines http://www.cbcponline.net/canonlaw/index.html
It’s interesting that the Canon that mandates obedience to our pastors and bishops, Canon 212, includes two very important sub-sections:
§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.
§3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.
I would like to point out one more Canon, so that readers know that they, and Deacon Steve, have the right to defend themselves:
§1. The Christian faithful can legitimately vindicate and defend the rights which they possess in the Church in the competent ecclesiastical forum according to the norm of law.
§2. If they are summoned to a trial by a competent authority, the Christian faithful also have the right to be judged according to the prescripts of the law applied with equity.
§3. The Christian faithful have the right not to be punished with canonical penalties except according to the norm of law.