Friday, September 16, 2016

IS DAVID THE DEVIOUS STILL THE VICAR GENERAL?

9:41AM is "still wondering why" Jeff was not appointed Vicar General:

The Church hierarchy has a command structure akin to the military. The Delegate to the Administrator (still wondering why Fr. Jeff was not appointed Vicar General and all appurtenances that accrue with that title)...

Here's a possible answer:

Can. 478 §1. requires that the vicar generals be priests who are "doctors or licensed in canon law or theology or at least truly expert in these disciplines.

Obviously Fr. Jeff isn't so he can't be the vicar general.


However, a diocese can NOT be without a vicar general:

Can. 475 §1. In each diocese the diocesan bishop must appoint a vicar general who is provided with ordinary power according to the norm of the following canons and who is to assist him in the governance of the whole diocese.

So either Hon has broken with Canon Law by not appointing one, or - and this is probably the reality - David the Devious is still the Vicar General. Let's take a look at Hon's "appointment" of Fr. Jeff as reported in the PDN:
Hon appointed the Rev. Father Jeffrey San Nicolas as delegate of the administrator, assuming responsibilities similar to those of the vicar general and moderator of the curia. A curia is a group of officials who assist in the governance of the local Catholic Church. San Nicolas assumed the post previously held by the Rev. Msgr. David C. Quitugua.
No, San Nicolas did NOT assume the post "previously held by" David the Devious. Fr. Jeff was given a wholly new position (delegate), and what's more Quitugua was NEVER removed as Vicar General.

Technically, he ceased being Vicar General when Apuron's authority was suspended according to:

Can. 481 §2. When the function of the diocesan bishop is suspended, the power of a vicar general and an episcopal vicar is suspended also unless they are bishops.

However, we know that after Hon arrived, Quitugua continued to function as the VG. This could not have happened had Hon authorized him to continue as the VG. 

Since David the Devious continued to function as the VG under Hon and because he was never officially (there was no decree) removed from that position, David the Devious may in fact remain the Vicar General. 

This could explain why Quitugua overruled Jeff on the LFM visit to the seminary. Quitugua is still the VG, making him actually in control of the diocese while Hon is gone. Jeff is only a "delegate," a position with no canonical status. 

Damn, these people are good.

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