‘Church-State collaboration’ discussed at church lawyers’ confab

‘Church-State collaboration’ discussed at church lawyers’ confab

The 27th Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP) Conference gathered 120 canon lawyers from all over the Philippines to share ideas on the theme: “Collaboration Between the Philippine Church and the State.” FR. PHILIPPE GALLANOSA

By Fr. Philippe A. B. Gallanosa JCL

Feb. 24, 2019

Cebu City

Around 120 canon lawyers gathered on Feb. 19 for the 27th Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP) Conference to share ideas on the theme: “Collaboration Between the Philippine Church and the State.”

With the current studies on the final draft of the Proposed Federal Constitution, the CLSP finds that the times call for collective prayer and reflection on what can be done to streamline not only canonical procedures on annulment cases but also with regard to civil laws concerning these same cases, and what the separation of the Church and State means for the Church, for the State and for the faithful.

Bishops, priests, religious, and lay lawyers of the Catholic Church prayed and studied together for 4 days at the Quest Hotel & Conference Center in this city.

Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino, JD, Dean of San Beda University’s College of Law and priest of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, gave his insights in the talks “Declaration of Marriage nullity vs. Divorce: Streamlining Procedures for Declaration of Marriage Nullity in Civil Courts” and the “Church-State Cooperation in the Philippine Constitution.”

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, also shared his thoughts through the talk “A Critical Analysis on the Final Draft of the Proposed Federal Constitution”.

The Archdiocese of Cebu, led by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Cebu Judicial Vicar Fr. Raul Go and his team, organized the said event.