The Catholic University of America

March 16, 2006

Senior Vatican Official to Deliver School of Canon Law's Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture

Rev. Nikolaus Schöch, O.F.M., one of the senior officials from the Vatican's highest court, the Apostolic Signature, will deliver the CUA School of Canon Law's annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23.

The lecture will be held in room 102 of the Life Cycle Institute.

His lecture, titled "Relegation of Churches to Profane Use (can. 1222, § 2) - Reasons and Procedure," will cover the code of canon law governing use of property that once belonged to Catholic parishes that have since been closed.

Father Schöch holds the title of Defender of the Bond with the Signature; he is the member of the tribunal who is charged with offering arguments in favor of maintaining the bond of a particular institution, such as defending the bond of marriage in an annulment case. He formerly was dean of the School of Canon Law at the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome.

While in Washington Father Schöch also will speak at the Canon Law School's spring canonical seminar, to be held March 24 and 25 at the Jurys Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. The seminar will focus on canonical issues parishes currently face, including calls for legal actions against priests, impending civil lawsuits, and cases that might travel from diocesan tribunals to the Signature.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture or the spring canonical seminar, please contact the School of Canon Law at 202-319-5492.

MEDIA: For more information or to arrange for coverage, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-560.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,