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Topic: Apostolic Signatura

 The St. Joseph Foundation - Canonical Issues
The new Signatura when acting as a tribunal was a two tier court: at a lower level a college of prelates who judged upon the admissibility of cases and then an upper tier of cardinals who passed judgment on the cases that had been admitted.
The Second Section of the Signatura is competent to hear appeals from decisions of the Roman congregations, in solving conflicts of competence between the said congregations and in dealing with administrative matters with which the pope might entrust it.
To relieve the Signatura (apart from an improbable change of policy of the Roman Curia), the institution of regional or national administrative tribunals might be the answer, as I have already mentioned.
www.st-joseph-foundation.org /ci-romanappeals.htm   (3395 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Canon Law and Fr. Gruner's Suspension a divinis
Gruner, the Apostolic Signatura upheld this penal sanction.
Under canon law, the Apostolic Signatura, and not the Committee for the Defense of the Priesthood, is the judicial forum competent within the Church to render definitive judgment with regards to the legality of Fr.
According to canon law, such apostolates are subject to the supervision of the competent ecclesiastical authority, which is specified in canon 305 §2 (hence canon 323's reference to canon 305) as follows: "Associations of every kind are subject to the supervision of the Holy See.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=4086   (2583 words)

 Roman Curia
Alexander VI deemed it expedient to define their office better, which he did by creating a double Signatura -- the Signatura of Grace, and the Signatura of Justice -- to which the referendaries were severally assigned.
This name was given to certain Apostolic Constitutions which the popes were in the habit of promulgating at the beginning of their pontificate, in regard to judicial causes and those concerning benefices.
The domestic prelates are appointed as a rule by a Motu Proprio of the pope, occasionally at the petition of their bishops, and they enjoy several privileges, among which are the use of the violet dress, which is that of a bishop (without the cross), the ring, the violet biretta, and the cappa magna.
www.catholicity.com /encyclopedia/r/roman_curia.html   (6252 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Apostolic Signatura
The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura is the administrative appellate tribunal of the Holy See and, consequently, the highest judicial authority of the Roman Catholic Church besides the Pope himself.
The Signatura of Grace, also called "Signatura of the Holy Father" (in Latin Signatura Sanctissimi), was held in the presence of the sovereign pontiff, and there were present at it some cardinals and many prelates, chief among the latter being the voters of this Signatura.
Pius X, in the Apostolic Constitution by which he reorganized the Roman Curia, abolished the two ancient Signaturas, and created a new one that has nothing in common with the former two.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Apostolic_Signature   (753 words)

For it is part of its duty to initiate general apostolic visitations where needed, in agreement with the dicasteries concerned and, in the same manner, to evaluate their results and to propose to the Supreme Pontiff the appropriate actions to be taken.
The Signatura adjudicates recourses lodged within the peremptory limit of thirty canonical days against singular administrative acts whether issued by the dicasteries of the Roman Curia or approved by them, whenever it is contended that the impugned act violated some law either in the decision-making process or in the procedure used.
All this apostolate, again in all its forms, demands and includes the work and help of all those who are building the Body of Christ in the Church, be it universal or particular: the priests, men and women religious consecrated to God, and the laypeople.
www.clerus.org /clerus/dati/2004-04/14-13/PBon.html   (16767 words)

 FATIMA PRIEST: The Biography of Father Nicholas Gruner
The Signatura in the decree of September 3, 1999, concedes that the apostolate is legitimate in itself and did not need Ecclesiastical permission.
Since the apostolate is concededly legitimate, and since secular priests have the right to establish and join legitimate apostolates, the impugned decree is subject to total reinstatement by way of restitutio in integrum, or, in the alternative, a declaration of nullity, because the impugned decree does not otherwise give any motives for its issuance.
The Signatura's contradiction of itself requires that the impugned decree be set aside by way of restitutio in integrum because it is so based on proofs which are subsequently shown to be false that without those proofs the dispositive part of the judgment could not be sustained.
www.fatimapriest.com /appendix3.html   (1921 words)

The Apostolic Signatura is the supreme court of the Catholic Church.
Unfortunately, the Signatura as presently constituted falls far short of the high standards the Vatican urges on civil governments around the world with regard to human rights.
The narrow and biased gateway through which anyone must pass to gain access to the Signatura implies that the tribunal views itself as the guardian of officialdom, rather than the protector of the ordinary clergy who appeal to it.
www.fatima.org /apostolate/defense/tab6.asp   (1610 words)

 1994 African Synod: Interventions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Where even this solution cannot be used, it is the Apostolic Signatura who must determine which tribunal has the competence to deal with the cases of a certain diocese, allowing even the necessary jurisdiction.
For valid reasons, in exceptional cases and under certain conditions, the Apostolic Signatura dispenses from the titles required by law.
In conclusion, a recommendation: the Apostolic Signatura is not able to achieve its activity of support to the peripheral tribunals, first these do not collaborate in giving, by the filling in of specific statistical forms, the necessary data from which one can understand the "health status" of each tribunal.
www.afrikaworld.net /synod/agustino.htm   (381 words)

As for my involvement in the apostolate, the Signatura does not deny that the apostolate is legitimate and that no permission is needed for it: "[W]e are not dealing here with the legitimacy of the private association (for which it seems the Church does not ask recognition, as in can.
The apostolate’s legitimacy cannot be denied, given the natural right of the faithful, including diocesan priests, to establish and form private associations without episcopal approval, as envisioned by cann.
Of course, this contradiction results from the Signatura striving to uphold its contention that permanent physical residence is required for incardination in a diocese.
www.fatima.org /apostolate/recourse.asp   (7283 words)

 OSV STORY FOR JULY 6   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Apostolic Signatura is the Church’s supreme court, which reviews annual reports from Church tribunals around the world.
Here in Rome, the Apostolic Signatura — a kind of department of justice for the Church — assists the diocesan bishop to exercise his responsibility for the proper administration of justice in his tribunal.
However, both the Roman Rota [the Church’s central appellate court] and the Apostolic Signatura, when examining particular decisions from tribunals in the United States, have often found that decisions were easily confirmed by an appellate tribunal despite obvious and serious flaws.
www.catholic.net /RCC/Periodicals/OSV/97706.html   (2642 words)

With these intentions, I promulgate the present Apostolic Constitution containing the norms which, when the Roman See becomes vacant, are to be strictly followed by the Cardinals whose right and duty it is to elect the Successor of Peter, the visible Head of the whole Church and the Servant of the servants of God.
During the vacancy of the Apostolic See, the College of Cardinals has no power or jurisdiction in matters which pertain to the Supreme Pontiff during his lifetime or in the exercise of his office; such matters are to be reserved completely and exclusively to the future Pope.
During the vacancy of the Apostolic See, the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, the Secretary for Relations with States and the Secretaries of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia remain in charge of their respective offices, and are responsible to the College of Cardinals.
www.usccb.org /pope/constitutions/22296.htm   (8268 words)

 Catholic World News : Cardinal Pompedda, outspoken canonist, dead at 77
Rome, Oct. 18, 2006 (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Mario Francesco Pompedda, the former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, died in Rome early on October 18, at the age of 77.
He is generally credited with drafting Universi Dominic Gregis, the apostolic constitution which Pope John Paul II (bio - news) issued in 1996, regarding the government of the Holy See during a papal interregnum and the procedures for a conclave.
In 1999 he was named by Pope John Paul as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and in April 2001 he was raised to the College of Cardinals.
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=47153   (327 words)

 St. Louis Review Online
The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura hears final appeals of decisions by Vatican administrators and offices known as congregations, including marriage tribunals, and ensures that justice is administered correctly, according to "Pastor Bonus," a 1988 document by Pope John Paul II.
The 15 members of the Apostolic Signatura are all bishops with training in canon law.
The Apostolic Signatura recently declined to hear an appeal by the Association of Catholic Elementary Educators (ACEE) of a 2005 decision by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education upholding Archbishop Burke’s ruling that only the Parish Teacher Committee represent teachers at local Catholic elementary schools.
www.stlouisreview.com /article.php?id=11033   (613 words)

 Presentations of Dignitas Connubii
The full and dynamic involvement of the particular Churches is in fact crucial if the functioning of tribunals and the training of ministers of justice are to be improved, inconsistencies set right and abuses in proceedings corrected, and if sentences are to conform fully to the Church's legislation and doctrine on marriage.
On this subject, it is also increasingly necessary to activate the synergy of ecclesial communion between the universal Church and the particular Churches, understanding that the Apostolic See's interventions constitute neither an interference nor an intention to relieve any of the competent bodies of responsibility: indeed, their purpose is quite the opposite.
Through the efforts by personnel and the means that she designates to this pastoral field, the Church desires to make a positive contribution to achieving an important objective which is central to John Paul II's Pontificate: the good of marriage and the family.
www.ewtn.com /library/CURIA/CILTPRDC.HTM   (2789 words)

 Catholic World News : Three prelates named to top Church tribunal
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.
The Apostolic Signatura is the final court of appeal for marital cases and other juridical matters under the Code of Canon Law.
The current prefect, or head of the Apostolic Signatura is Cardinal Agostino Vallini.
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=45238   (292 words)

 Wanderer article on Fr Nicholas Gruner
The Signatura is the Church’s highest court of appeal, short of the Holy Father himself.
Gruner’s imputability appears otherwise; however, it obviously did not appear to be such in the judgement of the apostolic Signatura.
In the past, some of his defenders have referred to paragraph three of this canon, which states: ‘Christ’s faithful have the right that no canonical penalties be inflicted on them except in accordance with the law.’ Yet Pope John Paul II has trusted the Apostolic Signatura, and not Fr.
www.theotokos.org.uk /pages/fatima/ngruner/wanderer.html   (1227 words)

 New Catholic Dictionary: Apostolic Signatura   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The sentences of the Signatura have full force even jf they do not contain the reasons in fact and in law.
The Signatura is composed of several cardinals one of whom acts as prefect, or presiding official.
Originally a double Signatura, it was divided in 1492 into two distinct Signaturas, one of grace, and one of justice.
www.catholic-forum.com /Saints/ncd00686.htm   (231 words)

 Essential Obligations or Marriage, Burke, Mary's Advocates
The apostolic tribunal of the Roman Rota in Vatican City, is the canonical appeals court for the whole world.
Despite the Signatura sentence, the proposed right was at one stage actually included in a draft canon for the revised Code.
See the decisions of the Apostolic Signatura mentioned later: that of 17 October 1972, rejecting the thesis that the ius ad consortium vita is distinct from the rights comprised in the three bona (Periodica, 62 (1973), p.
www.marysadvocates.org /syllabus/BurkeObligations.html   (7065 words)

 PRCUA: Official News Release
The task of Cardinals is to sustain and assist the Holy Father in carrying out the apostolic office that has been entrusted to him at the service of the Church.
It is true that down the centuries the College of Cardinals has changed in many ways, nevertheless the substance and essential nature of this important ecclesial body remains unaltered.
Total and generous availability to serve others is the distinctive mark of those in positions of authority in the Church, because it was thus for the Son of Man, who came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45).
www.prcua.org /news/newsrelease/20060515.htm   (877 words)

 Crusader 61 Page 11
Anticipating the inevitable decision in the second recourse, in mid-1997 the apostolate began circulating for signature a second Open Letter to John Paul II for publication in the Italian press, pleading once again for the Pope's intercession in Father Gruner's case.
The Signatura's latest decree (issued by Archbishop Grochelewski in the absence of Agustoni) advised Father Gruner that his recourse would not even be admitted for discussion to the judges of the tribunal.
in the Spirit of Vatican II In short, Father Gruner and the apostolate were an annoyingly persistent reminder of the teaching of all the Popes before 1960 on the Social Kingship of Christ and the Queenship of Mary.
www.fatimacrusader.com /cr61/cr61pg11.asp   (4478 words)

 Squire1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
If the apostolate's position is correct i.e., that the failure to consecrate Russia will lead to the worldwide calamity Our Lady of Fatima described as the annihilation of various nations then millions of lives and the eternal fate of millions of souls are bound up in fulfillment of the Message.
Of course since the Signatura is one of the dicasteries of the Holy See, failing to obey the Signatura's judgment is to fail to show proper obedience to the Holy Father who delegated to the Signatura its competence in Church legal matters.
Nicholas is suspended as the Apostolic Signatura confirmed the sentence imposed by a lower court.
matt1618.freeyellow.com /squire.html   (9682 words)

 FATIMA PRIEST: The Biography of Father Nicholas Gruner
Absolutely no canonical recognition is required for recurrent’s apostolate, and there is nothing unlawful about a “private initiative” by a priest in the field of apostolic work.
As already noted, three successive bishops of Avellino freely allowed recurrent to engage in the apostolate for over sixteen years without objection; the apostolate also received express and tacit permission from various local ordinaries in Canada; and the phrase “de facto independent” is, in any event, quite meaningless and of no import canonically.
P.S. I enclose as the third attachment my recourse to the Plenaria of the Signatura from Cardinal Agustoni’s decree of May 15, 1995 (received by me only on October 28, 1996), which decree is a monument to the hostility and bias of the Cardinal in my case.
www.fatimapriest.com /Appendix8.htm   (3633 words)

 Vacantis Apostolicae Sedis
(1) During the vacancy of the Apostolic See the jurisdiction which belonged to the Pope during life is not enjoyed by the Sacred College of Cardinals, and they must leave all acts of that jurisdiction to the future Pope.
In the use of the powers retained by the Sacred Congregations, the resolution of matters of major importance should, if possible, be put off until after the election of the new Pope.
The Holy Roman Rota and the Apostolic Signatura retain their jurisdiction, to be exercised during the vacancy of the Holy See according to the laws proper to themselves (an.
www.catholiccouncil.homestead.com /VacantisSedisApostolicae.html   (3154 words)

 Crusader 65 Page 53
In both of my recourses the Apostolic Signatura refused to admit my case for a discussion by all the judges of the tribunal.
The Signatura further declared that I should be suspended from the priesthood because I had been warned about my supposed “disobedience” by the Bishop of Avellino.
And so, Your Holiness, after years of canonical proceedings the Signatura has finally conceded that the only basis for the orders against me is an “irregular condition” consisting of perfectly legal conduct no different in kind from that of thousands of other priests.
www.fatimacrusader.com /cr65/cr65pg53.asp   (7175 words)

 Education: A Path to Love Keynote Presenters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
From 1972 to 1999, he served as notary, chancellor, secretary and prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
Also during this time, he was one of the seven members of the commission that studied the draft of the 1983 Code of Canon Law with Pope John Paul II, and he taught canon law at the Gregorian and Lateran universities and the Studio Rotale.
Cardinal Grocholewski is a member of the congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for Bishops, for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura; of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; and of the Special Council for Oceania of the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops.
www.fordham.edu /frc/education/keynotes.shtml   (789 words)

 "Bishops Against the Pope"
We petitioned the court that a privilege was involved and that the bishop was therefore obliged to grant the Mass.
The case received a first admission by the Chancery of the Tribunal and no objections were raised because only the proxy and not all the plaintiffs (whose mandates were duly registered) had personally engaged the attorney.
The case proceeded under the two-tier system of the Signatura-the prelates belonging to the inferior tier judging on the admissibility of the case, which, if admitted, is then judged by a panel of cardinals and archbishops.
www.maternalheart.org /library/caponi.htm   (3308 words)

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