Spring 1965

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]arr..es C. J'fcDonald /ames E. Biechler

New Horizons in Canon Law The Canon Law Society of America seelu to meet the Council's cholknge in the area of renewed Church law ba..ed on service and love.

Canonical prospects were noticeably brightened when the Canon Law Society of America held its annual meeting in New York City in September, 1963. For a quarter century the So· ciety's members had been exchanging experiences in the teach· ing of canon law, the religious life, chancery and tribunal matters. New responses from the Holy See were discussed in the official sessions of the convention and in private "shop· talk" at meals and social hours. Learned papers on varied legal subjects were read, mostly by fellow canon lawyers, and many of these papers found their way into The Jurist, a quarterly published by the School of Canon Law of the Catholic University of America. In recent years, panel discussions and workshops on specific problems became a part of the annual program as the Society tried to respond to the wishes of her members and the needs of the times. The New York meeting left no doubt that twenty-five years of activity had effectively prepared the Canon Law Society to make positive contribution to the 53