« Canonists without borders » is an international network of canonists, that are Roman Catholic lawyers. Without any specific mandate from the Church, it works at overcoming traditional borders to make the Catholics more aware of their rights and obligations and of the means to defend them, in full communion with the church.
In the field of the catholic marriage, we work to help the ecclesiastical courts in developping countries and we try to orientate the faithfulls to the appropriate ecclesial structure able to take their questions in account, before and after the wedding.
Our English website, which is at its beginning, is going to grow for two kinds of publics :
- For the catholics faithfulls, to provide them with informations such as :
- a Radio Vatican interview about the administrative justice within the church ;
- valuable links to canon-law websites and social networks dedicated to them, such as Canon Law Made Easy from Cathy Caridi’s one in English or Canonistes sans frontières one in French
- For the English speaking canonists that are registered on the professional part of the website, to bring them specific tools provided by several universities or by our members (e.g. our newsletter or a data basis on the administrative jurisprudence of the Apostolic Signature)
To conclude, let us pray saint Yves who is the holy patron of all lawyers :
As long as you have lived among us,
you were the advocate of the poors,
The defender of widows and orphans,
the Providence of all the needy.
Now listen to our prayer.
Get us to love justice as you have loved her.
Let us know how to defend our rights,
without prejudice to the others,
seeking above all reconciliation and peace.
Aroused defenders who plead the cause of the oppressed for justice to be done in love.