Kurt Martens, professor, canon law, was quoted in the Crux about a bishop’s role with parishes in the structure of dioceses as they continue to face multi-million dollar payouts related to the Church crisis.
..."Dr. Kurt Martens, a canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America, said the bishop might oversee the activities of a parish, comparing the system to checks-and-balances, but is bound from doing more by canon law.
'The bishop, canonically speaking, does not own, through the diocese, the assets of a parish,' Martens said in an interview."...
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