Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Edward N. Peters JD JCD- Canon Lawyer, Top Vatican Legal expert

Entry by Marc Aupiais

Edward N. Peters JD JCD, is a famous canon lawyer and blogger, he writes at

He is a Referendarius a.k.a. Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura. There are only some dozen such international consultants to what is known as the Church's highest/top administrative tribunal, his job is to advise, but not decide for, the officials of said Apostolic Signatura dicastery on matters impacting on the administration of law and justice within the Church.

Quotes from authority, as well as from the man, and his son, a noted Catholic voice, may be accessed at SACNS Quotes Analysis: Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD's appointment May 22rd, 2010, as a Referendare of the Apostolic Signatura

He is father to Thomas Peters (SACNS Quote Analysis: Thomas Peters: Catholic special interests online activist, and blogger WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2010), a prominent blogger, and Catholic special interests, and social activist and writer.

Edward N. Peters JD JCD, links to the his biography, on the website of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, which describes itself as a seminary of evangelization:

""I will give you shepherds after my own heart."

These words from the prophet Jeremiah
are etched upon the cornerstone of
Sacred Heart Major Seminary. They
have been our driving inspiration since
1919, when the fourth bishop of Detroit,
Michael Gallagher, founded Sacred Heart as
a minor seminary. In 1988, it added a Graduate School of Theology to its College of Liberal Arts.

For eight decades, thousands of Sacred Heart graduates have been ordained for priestly ministry, with hearts patterned after the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. They have been sent out into the vineyard of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and in the fertile fields of dioceses and archdioceses throughout the country. Throughout the world, Sacred Heart graduates have served, or are currently serving, the people of God in the nations of Poland, Western Samoa, Cameroon, Brazil and China."
Sacred Heart Seminary Website
Quoted on 11 / 08 | August / 2010

The bibliography they give says:

"Dr. Edward Peters
Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair in Faculty Development



Dr. Edward Peters, one of the most widely-known lay canon lawyers in North America, joined the graduate faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 2005 with his appointment to the Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Peters went to Saint Louis University on a musicianship award, majoring in Political Science (B.A. 1979). He became active in pro-life activities and Catholic discussion groups and for two years was a member of the schola cantorum of Msgr. Martin Hellriegel's renowned Holy Cross Parish in North St. Louis. Peters next attended the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law where he took his J.D. degree in 1982. He was a Superior Oralist in Tate Hall's Moot Court, received a teaching assistantship in the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program, and began writing for religious and legal journals. After completing civil law school, he worked for two years in California for educational and Catholic television projects.

In 1985 Peters began studies in canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He earned his licentiate degree (J.C.L.) in 1988 and was the first canon law student to be named a Johannes Quasten Fellow at CUA. He completed doctoral course work in 1990 and defended his dissertation "Penal Procedural Law in the 1983 Code of Canon Law" in August 1991.

For the next ten years Peters served variously as diocesan Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor, Director of the Office for Canonical Affairs, Defender of the Bond, and Collegial Judge for diocesan and appellate tribunals in the Dioceses of Duluth (Province of St. Paul/Minneapolis) and San Diego (Province of Los Angeles). Throughout this time he continued writing for a wide variety of religious and secular publications (his articles and reviews have since appeared in some fifty publications) and served as canonical consultant to numerous ecclesiastical institutions and persons. During this same time, in addition to several years of adjunct teaching in canon law for pastoral and graduate programs through the University of Dallas, Peters made dozens of appearances in Catholic and secular media explaining the interplay between Church law and life.

From 2001-2005 he taught canon law and liturgy/sacraments with the (Graduate) Institute for Pastoral Theology in Ypsilanti, Michigan. These same years saw the completion of his 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation (2001), the re-publication of his Annulments and the Catholic Church (2004), and the release of his textual history of the 1983 Code, Incrementa in Progressu 1983 Codicis Iuris Canonici (2005). Peters maintains a prominent educational website dedicated to ecclesiastical law,"
Sacred Heart Seminary (Catholic; American)
Quoted 11 / 08 | August / 2010