Canadian Appeal Tribunal: Msgr. Roch Pagé, P.H., named new Judicial Vicar

Thursday, March 01 2012

rpage(CCCB – Ottawa)… Today, in a letter to all the Bishops of Canada, the Most Reverend Richard Grecco, Bishop of Charlottetown and Moderator of the Canadian Appeal Tribunal, announced the appointment of Msgr. Roch Pagé, P.H., as Judicial Vicar of the Appeal Tribunal, effective March 1, 2012. In his duties as Judicial Vicar, he will be assisted by Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

Msgr. Pagé is a priest of the Diocese of Chicoutimi, Quebec. He holds a licentiate in canon caw from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a PhD in canon law from the University of Ottawa and a doctorate in canon law from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Canon Law at Saint Paul University, a guest professor with the School of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, as well as with the Faculty of Canon Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is also a past president of the Canadian Canon Law Society.

This appointment was made following the resignation of Msgr. Alan McCormack, P.H., who had been Judicial Vicar of the Appeal Tribunal from February 17, 2004, to February 29, 2012.  

The Canadian Appeal Tribunal was established by the CCCB in 1984 and approved by the Holy See. As the national tribunal, it is the only “second instance” marriage tribunal in Canada. After studying each case and obtaining additional evidence if necessary, an Appeal Tribunal confirms or reverses “first instance” decisions. Its work is both judicial and pastoral.