The committee assists the bishops, both individually and collectively, by providing direction for the Conference in the ongoing implementation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and 1990 Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches and in the interpretation of particular law issued by the Conference. The committee also addresses issues from a canonical perspective related to the pastoral practices (discipline) of the Church, and it provides a forum wherein the Conference offers a possible means for the resolution of disputes or disagreements that occasionally arise between or with regard to dioceses. The committee further attends to issues concerning relations between Eastern and Latin churches.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility: Canonical affairs, relations between Eastern and Latin Churches, boundaries of dioceses and provinces, selection of bishops, conciliation and arbitration, diocesan financial reports, and canonical questions concerning pastoral practices.
KEY MISSION RESPONSIBILITIES
Being in relationship and providing consultation with bishops and their dioceses
Being in dialogue and in liaison with outside groups for the USCCB
Drafting Complementary Norms, where appropriate
Providing a forum for issues concerning relations between Eastern and Latin churches
Reviewing draft documents for other USCCB committees for canonical accuracy, especially concerning pastoral practices
Providing a means for resolution of disputes between or with regard to dioceses
KEY MISSION RELATIONSHIPS
With dioceses and bishops concerning canonical affairs and/or when the need for arbitration/conciliation arises
With committees and offices regarding canonical implications in response to requests, especially concerning the pastoral practices of the Church
With the Holy See and other episcopal conferences
With Canon Law Society of America and with other entities of the Church