1.4 Authority to Create or Propose Policies or Resources

1. The diocesan bishop freely issues norms of any kind at his own initiative and freely approves norms of any kind in accord with the law.

2. Diocesan departments, offices, and agencies may develop or propose diocesan norms in the form of policies or procedures that the diocesan bishop may approve or issue in his own name. [1]

   a. When they develop a norm, they are advised to consult those whom it might affect. [2] It should be reviewed and commented on by any advisory group attached to that department or office. It is also recommended that they obtain advice from the diocesan legal advisor and / or canonists about any civil and canonical legal implications.

   b. If a diocesan office, council or similar body that is subject to a department chair presents the norm, it must be reviewed and commented upon by that chair in writing. The chair may recommend the norm, oppose it or merely verify having reviewed it.

   c. Before any norm is proposed to the diocesan bishop, it must be reviewed by the diocesan chancellor. The chancellor is to consult any other diocesan structure, office or body whose area of competence (official duties) might be involved, and may consult the diocesan legal advisor and canonists.

3. The following bodies may develop or propose such norms directly to the diocesan bishop according to their statutes or by virtue of their duties in Church law:

   a. Presbyteral Council;

   b. College of Consultors;

   c. Finance Council;

   d. Diocesan Pastoral Council;

   e. Priests Assignment Commission.

4. The following bodies develop or propose norms as indicated.

  a. Priestly Life and Ministry Committee via the Department of Vocations, and also through the

Presbyteral Council;

  b. Board of Education and Catechesis via the Department of Education and Catechesis;

  c. Worship Commission, Committee for Liturgical Design, Building Commission via the Office of the

Chancellor;

  d. Priest Pension Board via the Finance Officer or Presbyteral Council.

5. The chancellor is authorized to add, remove or modify resources for the sake of easier use, clarity, accuracy or similar reasons. Diocesan departments, offices or agencies may propose such changes through their department chairs to the chancellor. The bodies in number 3 may propose them to the chancellor directly.

6. The chancellor is competent to establish standards for the printed or electronic formats of diocesan norms which specify their title, location in this document, and other identifying information such as date and source.



[1] The bishop can establish a norm by legislative power or executive power, but cannot delegate legislative power according to canon 135 §2.

[2] “What touches all must be approved by all,” Regulae Iuris in VIº, 29.


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor