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Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Article

College of Consultors

Members of the College of Consultors

Mgr Tony Barry
Rev Tony Bridson
Mgr Canon John Hull
Mgr Benedict O'Shea
Rev David Parmiter
Rev Aaron Spinelli

When the See is vacant, the College of Consultors assumes the functions of the Council of Priests.

Canon Law Summary 
Some priests are to be freely selected by the Diocesan Bishop from among the members of the Presbyteral Council (Council of Priests) to constitute a college of consultors; their number is not to be less than six nor more than twelve; the college is established for a five year term, and is responsible for the functions determined in the law, when the five year term is over, the college of consultors exercises its proper functions until a new college is established.

While the presbyteral council is to “aid the bishop in the governance of the diocese” and is to be heard on “matters of greater importance” according to the norm of law, the college of consultors is “responsible for the functions determined in the law”. The college of consultors has no general functions as does the presbyteral council.

Sede plena, the functions determined are: along with the Diocesan Bishop; accepting the letter of appointment of a Coadjutor Bishop; giving the Bishop advice concerning the naming of the Diocesan Finance Officer; advising the Bishop concerning the removal of the Finance Officer; advising the Bishop concerning more important acts of administration relating to the temporal goods of the church; giving consent for acts of extraordinary administration of temporal goods; in certain cases giving consent to the disposal of temporal goods.

Sede vacante, the college automatically assumes governance of the Diocese until they have elected the Diocesan Administrator. The college assumes the role of the presbyteral council. The Diocesan Administrator needs the consent of the college in order to incardinate or excardinate a cleric once the see has been vacant for one year, to remove the Diocesan Chancellor or other notaries, to grant dimissorial letters for Diocesan clergy.The consultors receive his letters of appointment from the new Bishop

The college must meet as a group and not be consulted individually. A principle of collegial existence is that the college functions as one and all its members are bound by its decisions. As with the presbyteral council, the bishop presides over the college while not being a member of it, though a member of the college may chair its meetings.

The college, as such, has no other functions other than those determined in law. The Bishop may seek the advice of those priests who form the college of consultors concerning other matters, In the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton the Bishop has chosen to use consult the College regarding parish planning and clergy appointments.

In this Diocese 
Details of membership are found at the top of this page
 
Link to the Bishop 
The Bishop chairs meetings of the College of Consultors

The Bishop must consult the College of Consultors

• before placing acts of administration which are of major importance in light of the economic condition of the diocese (Can. 1277)
• before appointing or removing the Diocesan Financial Secretary (Can. 494)

The Bishop requires its consent
• before placing acts of extraordinary administration, as defined by the Bishop’s Conference (Can. 1277).
• before alienating goods whose value falls within the minimum and maximum amounts established by the Bishops Conference (Can. 1292), that is, between £500,000 and £5,000,000.

Meetings: Agendas and Minutes 
The Bishop sets the Agenda.

A Vicar General acts as secretary. Notes from the meeting are distributed to members of the Consultors who are NOT permitted to discuss the meetings with anyone outside of the College.