Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Praise God!

Vatican, Jul. 10 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has named three prelates to the supreme tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. They are: Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education; Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis; and Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona.

The supreme tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura forms-- together with the tribunals of the Roman Rota and the Apostolic Penitentiary-- the top ecclesiastical courts of the Church. They are distinct from the tribunal of the Vatican city-state, which handles secular issues. The Apostolic Signatura is the final court of appeal for marital cases and other juridical matters under the Code of Canon Law. It is the Vatican equivalent of the US Supreme Court. The current prefect, or head of the Apostolic Signatura is Cardinal Agostino Vallini.


Blogger David said...

I was both happy to hear this, and a little sad, in that the good Archbishop already works extremely hard, and this definitely doesn't lighten the load. We definitely need to pray more for him.

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