Msgr. Alan McCormack Named New Judicial Vicar of the Canadian Appeal Tribunal

Wednesday, February 18 2004

Msgr. Alan McCormack(CCCB-Ottawa) Msgr. Alan McCormack, P.H., of Toronto has been appointed Judicial Vicar of the Canadian Appeal Tribunal (CCCB). He succeeds Rev. Pierre Allard, S.M., who retired last October, and Interim Judicial Vicar Rev. Thomas Cassidy, O.M.I., who will continue in his function as Associate Judicial Vicar. The Tribunal is the judicial arm of the Canadian episcopacy dealing exclusively with marriage cases forwarded by “first instance” or diocesan tribunals.

Born in Toronto in 1946, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Toronto in 1978 and named chaplain to His Holiness in 1984 and then a Prelate of Honour in 2002. He has served in many capacities in the Archdiocese from 1975 to 1993, including judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal, episcopal vicar for canonical affairs and Vice-Chancellor.

He also served at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome from 1997 to 2003 and continues as a member of the CDF’s Matrimonial Commission.

Msgr. McCormack holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and has studied at the Catholic University of America, Saint Paul University in Ottawa and the University of Toronto.

The Canadian Appeal Tribunal was established by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1984, with the approval of the Apostolic See. It is a national tribunal – the only “second instance” tribunal in Canada. After thorough study and, if necessary, additional evidence, the Appeal Tribunal confirms or reverses the “first instance” decision. The work of the Tribunal is both judicial and pastoral.