Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hello from DC

Hello everyone,

I know it's been a while since I've posted something here.  I'm still in DC studying canon law for the summer.  Things are going well.

I've completed my first month of classes.  I had a course on the protection of rights in the Church.  This course specialized in procedures concerning hierarchical recourse against an administrative decision in the Church.  One thing we had to do was read decisions from the Signatura. These decisions were in Latin, but were a great way to get to know the procedural law of the Church, quite fascinating.

The other course was a survey of Eastern Law.  Maybe we don't realize it all that often, but the Latin Catholic Church is not the only Catholic Church out there.  There are 22 Eastern Catholic Churches that are governed by their own sets of laws, live their own traditions, and celebrate their own rites.  This class was quite fascinating and eye-opening.

Next month, I have a course on selected issues in chancery practices.  Hopefully, this will be a practical course that will help me understand the ins and outs of being a canon lawyer in service to the diocese.

Last night, I had the privilege of being here in DC for the celebration of the 4th of July.  It was amazing to see the fireworks from all over the city.  It was really an amazing event.

I guess that is about all for now, I will try to update more often.
God bless,
Fr Jake

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