Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien, Moderator of the Scottish National Tribunal, Decree Coetus Episcoporum Scotiae, 9 November 2011.
Coetus Episcoporum Scotiae(c. 1423 §1)
DECREEWhereas, with its Decree of 11 June 1970, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland established the Scottish Regional Tribunal;
Whereas the Archives of said Tribunal, between 1970 and 1985, give evidence of there having been numerous different titles applied to it with, from 1985 onwards, the title of the “Scottish National Tribunal” asserting itself;
Whereas the 1983 Code of Canon Law stipulates in c. 1423 §1 that a Coetus Episcoporum, as opposed to a given Conferentia Episcoporum, can establish by common accord one single Tribunal of first instance for their dioceses;
Whereas the relevant Coetus Episcoporum of Scotland, which currently coincides de facto with the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, having taken canonical advice and deliberated fully thereupon, has deemed it appropriate to identify and establish normatively a more exact ecclesiological and canonical name for the same Tribunal;
The Coetus Episcoporum of Scotland, through the person of its designated Tribunal Moderator, hereby decrees that, with effect from 30 November 2011, the Solemnity of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Primary Patron of Scotland, their common Tribunal of first instance is to be renamed as The Scottish Catholic Inter-Diocesan Tribunal.
Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.
Given at Edinburgh on the 9th November 2011.
+ Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien
Moderator of the Scottish National Tribunal
On behalf of the Coetus Episcoporum of Scotland
Metropolitan Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh
Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien, Moderator of the Scottish National Tribunal, Decree Coetus Episcoporum Scotiae, 9 November 2011. Accessed 9 January 2020 at: https://www.bcos.org.uk/Portals/0/Coetus%20Episcoporum%20Scotiae%20(c.%201423-1)%209-Nov-2011.pdf