3.1.6 Advisory Committees for Diocesan Offices

1.    Certain diocesan central offices are required by the moderator of the curia to establish or utilize committees that advise and assist their directors to plan, evaluate, and carry out ministries and activities that fall under the mission, duties and competence (official authority to act) of their offices and positions.

(The function of moderator of the curia is conducted, mutatis mutandi, by the chief of staff.)

2.    Each office director is required to report annually the purpose of the advisory committee, how its members are selected, special qualifications for membership, term of membership, a current roster of members, and how frequently it meets. This report is to be provided to the moderator of the curia, or to another person the bishop designates, according to a format which he provides. [1]

3.    Each committee is to be titled as an “advisory committee” to clarify that it is consultative in nature only, unless the diocesan bishop determines otherwise, and is to be chaired by the respective director of that office.

4.    The office directors and the moderator of the curia, or other person designated by the bishop, are to see that Catholic members of these committees are in full communion with the Church. Because of special circumstances of advantage or need, non-Catholics may be named to an advisory committee, provided they respect and support its Catholic character, mission and diocesan role.  The naming of nonCatholic members requires a nihil obstat from the moderator of the curia. All members are to have some recognized expertise or background in the area of the mission of the office.

5.    It is recommended, to the degree possible, that the composition of membership reflect the vicariates of the diocese, and be drawn from a mix of clergy, religious and laity. Recruitment should honor the rich cultural and ethnic diversity among Catholics present in the diocese.

6.    It is recommended that no individual serve on more than 2 advisory committees at the same time.

7.    The number of members in any committee, including ex-officio members, should be appropriate for its mission.

8.    Any expenses connected with these committees must be anticipated in the annual budget of the office, and reimbursement must be authorized by the department head who oversees the office.

9.    Other office directors and department heads must obtain the permission of the moderator of the curia, or other designated person, to establish any permanent advisory committee. If approved, it is to be listed in this policy manual by the chancellor.

[1]  C. 473 §2.

Date approved by Bishop

Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor