The Tribunal is the judicial branch of the Diocese of Brownsville. In general, the Tribunal assists the bishop, clergy and laity with Canonical (legal) advice and is responsible for hearing and deciding legal matters according to Code of Canon Law, the law of the Church.In particular, the judicial department processes all petitions presented to it and within the frame of its competence, on behalf of the bishop, concerning questions or investigations about rights and obligations that have been violated, need to be determined or are to be defined among the members of the Church. For example, Restoration of Personal Rights, Laicization, Sacramental Validity or Legality, Clerical Misconduct, Removal of Pastors, etc.The majority the department's work is resolving questions of marital invalidity, especially Matrimonial cases that are processed in the Ecclesiastical Court of First Instance. These cases are presented to our Ecclesiastical Court to be investigated and defined by Decree, in accordance with Church law, concerning their sacramental validity or invalidity. The Diocesan Tribunal is an official Ecclesiastical Court for marriage cases presented in First Instance. The Court of Appeals in San Antonio is the Court of Second Instance for all of the dioceses of Texas , including the Diocese of Brownsville.For information and questions concerning Matrimonial procedures, including how to start a marriage invalidity, "nullity" case, please make an appointment with your pastor.Please also see the Canonical Process Guidelines and Checklist for Invalidity of Marriage for more information.
Other ServicesWorking, in communion, with other Ecclesiastical Tribunals around the world, especially granting competence to process some particular cases for some of our people, and helping our people present their petitions or requests to other Ecclesiastical Tribunals, walking them through Tribunal processes.Processing petitions for Matrimonial Permissions or Dispensations for our people.Processing petitions for Clerical Dispensations concerning their status in the Church.Training or capacitating others to better serve at the diocesan or parochial level.Instructing our people and others about our diocesan and parochial services and how to utilize them.Judicial Department
Rev. Oliver Ángel, JCL, Judicial Vicar
Rev. Rene Ángel, JCL, Adjutant Judicial Vicar
Tribunal and Diocesan Assistance
Rev. Oliver Ángel, JCL, Presiding Judge
Rev. Rene Ángel, JCL, Judge
Rev. Thomas Kulleck, Judge
Rev. Msgr. Luis Javier Garcia, JCL
Diocesan Tribunal Staff
Ms. Annita M. Gonzalez, Ecclesiastical Notary/Adv. Facilitator
Mrs. Noemi Gomez, Secretary
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