For many of
us, our parish is like our family. However, even within a family we
sometimes experience conflict. In a parish there are times when those
employed by the parish have conflicts with pastors or administrators.
There are issues over which parishes find themselves divided. In a time
where parishes are being closed, merged, or relocated, there are often
concerns by parishioners over the methods by which these restructurings
are accomplished and making sure that the rights and obligations of all
the interested parties are respected. Canon Law Professionals has
trained mediators that can help parishes and parishioners in making
peace where there has previously been conflict. In addition, our
canonists are able to advise clients regarding whether administrative
recourse is an appropriate course of action, or whether there may be
other avenues by which their issues could be resolved.
There are many people who give generously to their parishes or to the
diocese. One’s will is a common means by which people
bequeath funds or property to the Church. Most of the time, these gifts
are freely given and freely accepted, and they become a benefit to both
the person giving and the Church receiving the gift. Ordinarily, a
civil attorney is the appropriate professional to prepare such a will.
However, there are times when the person wishing to give a gift may
want their gift used for a specific item (e.g., a new building) that
the Church cannot use at the time. An advocate can help the parties
find common ground that allows the gift to be used with the intent of
the donor, but gives the Church the freedom to exercise appropriate
discretion if it becomes necessary.