The Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP) has elected Msgr. Raul Go of the Archdiocese of Cebu its new president.
Msgr. Go’s election took place during the recent CLSP 29th National Convention hosted by the Diocese of Malolos in Bulacan province.
The priest is currently the Judicial Vicar of the Cebu archdiocese, while also serving at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
Msgr. Go succeeded Fr. Jose Junar dela Victoria, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Davao and concurrently Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Canon Law (ECCL) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Father Victoria led the association for three terms and was elected during the convention to the society’s Board of Directors.
The CLSP also elected Msgr. Melchor Barcenas of San Pablo diocese as Vice-President for Northern Luzon, Fr. Paul Rene Ocfemia of Legazpi diocese as Vice-President for Southern Luzon, Fr. Sherwin Leo Ferrater of the Cebu archdiocese as Vice-President for the Visayas, Fr. Perfecto Ecat of Surigao diocese as Vice-President of Mindanao, Fr. Jaime Achacoso of the Prelature of Opus Dei as Secretary, and Dominican Fr. Romulo Rodriguez as Treasurer.
Other officers elected were Fr. Reynold Oliveros of Cabanatuan diocese as Committee on Membership Chair, Fr. Winniefred Naboya of Malolos Diocese as Committee on Ways and Means Chair, Fr. Adren Xerxes Dacuma, O.P. as Committee on Publication Chair, and Sr. Esther Bravante, O.P. as Committee on Consecrated Life Chair.
The Feb. 27 to March 2 convention gathered canon lawyers from all over the country and discussed updates and reforms on canon law.
Among the topics were about the revision of Book VI of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the implementation of the pope’s curial reform in the Apostolic Constitution Prædicate Evangelium.
Founded in 1993, the CLSP is a national association of all bishops, priests, and lay persons who are doing pastoral ministry in the canonical tribunals of dioceses.
It is also an official organization under the Episcopal Commission on Canon Law of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
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