The Procurator’s Office, on behalf of the Order, deals with the Secretariat of State and all the departments of the Roman Curia except the Congregation of Saints, which concerns itself with matters proper to the General Postulator. Business is mostly conducted with the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Congregation for Oriental Churches. However, it is sometimes necessary to contact the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for Bishops, for the Evangelization of Peoples and for Catholic Education. Other matters are the province of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Supreme Tribunal of the Segnatura and the Vicariate of Rome.
The Procurator’s Office is generally concerned with the juridical aspects of the Order’s business with the Holy See. These are mainly in the form of requests for: dispensations from religious vows, dismissals from the Order, permissions and dispensations in accordance with universal law or with our Constitutions in cases that are beyond the competence of the General Minister; authorizations and permissions in financial matters; confirmation of the appointments of legal representatives or ecclesiastical assistants; sanctions and recourses (to the CICL-SAL); dispensations from the obligation of priestly celibacy and approval of liturgical texts (by the CDF and CDS), cases involving the above which are within the competence of the Congregation for Oriental Churches; special cases presented to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; recourse to the Apostolic Segnatura; passports, visas and permissions and special cases (Secretariat of State), validation of academic degrees (Congregation for Catholic Education), special faculties in the internal forum, indulgences (Apostolic Penitentiary); faculties for ordained ministry (Vicariate of Rome); particular consultations by the various Congregations.
Our office also provides a consultancy service to the Order’s provincial curias and those of other institutes of men and women, and to diocesan curias.
The members of the Procurator General’s Office are also members of the Order’s Technical-Juridical Office, whose task it is to provide the General Minister and his Council with specialized legal assistance and information.
General Procurator: Br. Antonio Belpiede (Province of Foggia, Italy)
General Vice-Procurator: Br. Albert D'Souza (Province of Maharashtra, India)