THE RIGHT OF DEFENCE IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS OF THE REMOVAL OF A PARISH PRIEST

Part I: Canonical Causes and Procedures

  • Johnson Kovoorputhenpurayil
Keywords: Right of Defense, Harmful or ineffective ministry, care of souls

Abstract

The first part of this article deals with canonical causes and procedures for the administrative removal of parish priests. It explains harmful or ineffective ministry as the reason for removing a parish priest, leaving room for adding any grave reasons, and the five specific reasons for removal. Beginning with the preliminary investigation, this article illustrates the procedures for removing parish priests and the relevant general norms for issuing an administrative decree.

Author Biography

Johnson Kovoorputhenpurayil

Fr. Johnson Kovoorputhenpurayil, ordained priest on December 30, 1998 for the Archdiocese of Tellicherry, served as parish priest in different parishes from 1999 to 2005 before pursuing higher studies. After completing his licentiate in Oriental Canon Law at DVK, Bangalore in 2008, he was first appointed Adjutant Judicial Vicar (May - October 2008). In November of the same year, Fr. Johnson was named Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry. After magnificent service as Judicial Vicar, in 2012 he joined the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome to pursue his doctoral research, which he completed in 2016. He has been again newly appointed as the judicial vicar of the eparchy and will take up the office in
September 2016.

Published
2020-08-02