conferences, pastoral

An assembly of priests for the reading and discussing of cases of conscience. This assembly is made up of secular priests, and all those religious, who are pastors, and if conferences are not held in the monastery, all religious priests having faculties must attend the diocesan conferences. The material for these conferences is to be taken from moral theology and liturgy (at times a dogmatic thesis). These conferences should be held monthly if possible in the episcopal city and in each deanery, and when for a solid reason this cannot be done the cases are to be sent to the priests, who are to forward a written solution of the cases to the Ordinary or his chancellor. Lectors of theology are exempted from attending these conferences. Other priests may be dispensed from attendance at conferences, for solid reasons, by their Ordinary.

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