Sua Em.za Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero, President of the Pontifical Council for the Legislative Texts  

Sua Em.za Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero, President of the Pontifical Council for the Legislative Texts  

This course about Mitis Iudex, and about marriage ministry in the Church more generally, is a timely response to Pope Francis’s call for more efficient, more accessible, more rapid Tribunal functioning. It is our hope and expectation that in every particular church, competent pastoral agents will accurately guide the faithful in their desire to regularize their marital status and participate fully in all the sacraments. This course is step in that direction.
                       Msgr. Juan Ignacio Arrieta,  Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Legislative Texts

                       Msgr. Juan Ignacio Arrieta, 

Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Legislative Texts

I highly commend this initiative of the Tribunal of Newark and the University of Santa Croce. The reform of the marriage law offered by our Holy Father, and his great concern to make the judicial ministry of the Church more accessible to all the faithful, will remain frustrated if there are insufficient pastoral agents capable of implementing the norms according to the mind of the Supreme Legislator. This course is a valuable contribution to training responsible pastoral agents who can make Mitis Iudex a successful, implementable reality in each particular church.

Testimonials from the Participants

I have attended many legal education courses over the years (though never one that lasted five days!). I don’t remember one at which the quality of the instruction was so consistently high, the material presented was always so relevant, and the audience participated so enthusiastically, right up to 4:00 on the day of departure. All of the presenters made it a good balance of the academic and the practical, with the right touch of humor thrown in to the mix. I came away very excited to pursue the role of advocate, and it is good to know that we have such deep resources as Fr. Rizzo, Father Navarro, Father Ponce, Fr. Furgiuele and of course Dr. Christina Hip-Flores to draw on as needed.
I do hope that other dioceses will offer similar programs, base on our experience.
— Mr . Alfred Cordasco Esq., Holy Eucharist Church, Cherry Hill, NJ
The Marriage Canon Law Training for Tribunal Pastoral Advocates was exceptional. The course was informative and clear providing a thorough knowledge of the process of the Declaration of Nullity. The presentations gave an insightful and enlightening understanding of the subject matter with excellent reference material to assist the Pastoral Advocates in this important ministry.

Special thanks to the outstanding instructors, Dr. Christina Hip Flores, Fr. Giovanni Rizzo, Fr. Jaimes Ponce, Fr. Matthew Furgiuele, and also to Fr. Prof. Luis Navarro for his guidance. Your invaluable contributions to the contents of this training course are an asset to Pastoral Advocates.
— Sally Zeuner, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ridgefield Park, NJ

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