Posted: Mar 26, 2024

Judge & Coordinator of the Tribunal

Salary: Other
Application Deadline: May 10, 2024
The Diocese of Madison is hiring a canonist to serve full-time as Judge and Coordinator of the Tribunal, overseeing day-to-day Tribunal operations under the direction of the Judicial Vicar. Additionally, for the Diocesan Bishop, the non-judicial curia, and the diocese as a whole, he/she advises on canonical matters and prepares drafts of decrees and other canonical documents, as needed.

Primary Job Functions
  • Serve as judge in the tribunal, conducting canonical processes and judging cases in accordance with the norm of law
  • Instruct cases, conducting in-person depositions of parties and witnesses
  • Write decrees and sentences, as well as intermediary vota and other documents in cases
  • Instruct petitions for the Petrine and Pauline Privileges and dispensations super rato
  • Regularly study doctrine and jurisprudence
  • Draft Tribunal correspondence
  • Translate Rotal documents from Latin
  • Advise the Diocesan Bishop and Vicar General on canonical matters
  • Field canonical questions from other curial personnel, from priests of the diocese, and from the faithful
  • Maintain the Tribunal website
  • Prepare the annual budget/monitor expenses
  • Supervise and train notaries and pre-petition case advisors
  • Supervise independent contractors (stable advocates, transcriptionists, experts)
  • Maintain and revise forms, documents, and explanatory material as needed
Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • JCL with an MA or equivalent in theology
  • Must be a Catholic in good standing and adhere to the doctrine and moral teaching of the Church, especially with respect to marriage
  • Strong grasp of procedural canon law and knowledge of Rotal jurisprudence
  • Competence in reading Latin
  • Knowledge of office software
  • Internet and email proficiency
  • Ability to manage and supervise employees
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Bilingual in Spanish
This job description is not designed or intended to be a comprehensive or exhaustive list of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of an employee in this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Qualified applicants are invited to send an introductory email with your resume and a canonical writing sample (professional or academic, redacted if necessary) to the Very Rev. Gabriel L√≥pez-Betanzos, Judicial Vicar, at [email protected].

For questions, please contact the Tribunal office at [email protected] or 608-821-3060.
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