For our People Database on SACNS, I looked at some quotes about Mr Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD:
Firstly, to his son, often quoted Catholic special interests blogger, Thomas Peter's response:
"My father’s appointment as an expert consultant to the Apostolic Signatura (the highest court in the Catholic Church) was announced yesterday in the Vatican’s Bollettino.
Yesterday Rocco Palmo wrote this about my father’s appointment:
In a move recognizing a canonist held as one of the nation’s “premier” specialists in church law, the pontiff named Dr Edward Peters — the discipline’s lead hand at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary — as a referendare of the Apostolic Signatura, a consultant to the church’s highest court. (One now, of course, led by its first-ever American prefect.)
A blogger and father of six beyond the classroom, the honor for a layman is unique — Peters becomes the lone non-cleric among the dozen or so consultors. What’s more, the four priests likewise added to the group this morning are all based in Rome or Milan.
As you can see, this is very exciting news.
In answer to a question several people have emailed me about, yes I am aware that my father has been frequently in the press recently due to his service as the Vatican’s “expert witness” in a high profile lawsuit being brought against the Vatican. The Vatican is being represented here in the U.S. by Jeffrey Lena (he was recently profiled in the Washington Post). It goes without saying that my father and I don’t discuss his current cases or testimony, though I am watching how the case proceeds from the outside.
Please keep my father’s work for the Church in your prayers."Thomas Peters, son of the Man in question, blogger for Catholic Vote Action (Catholic special interests lobby; Independent; Conservative; American)23 / 05 | May / 2010
Mr Peters himself noted the appointment:
"This morning it was announced that His Holiness Benedict XVI has appointed me a Referendarius (Referendary) of the Apostolic Signatura. As one of some dozen international consultants to the Church's highest administrative tribunal, it will be my privilege and responsibility to advise*, on an as-needed basis, the officials of that dicastery regarding matters impacting the administration of law and justice within the Church.
A number of persons have graciously conveyed their congratulations to me on this honor, and I am truly grateful for their kind words. But I want to underscore that I see this appointment not so much as an honor, but rather, as an invitation to serve more effectively the mission of the Church as the Speculum Iustitiae.
Even as I prepare, however, to place my training in canon and common law more readily at the service of the Church, I recall what Canon 1752 stresses, namely, that "the salvation of souls [is] the supreme law in the Church." Salvation is not, in the end, a work of law, but one of love. As such, it is a work toward which we all can, and must, contribute.
Ergo, oremus pro invicem! + + +
* It bears mentioning perhaps that (1) in canon law consultors express opinions only and do not enjoy decision-making authority over the matters presented to them, and (2) my opinions as a canonist carry only the weight of the arguments I adduce for them, or in other words, that in all matters, I speak only for myself and not on behalf of the Church."Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD, writing for his blog In Light of the Law (Catholic; Independent; American)22 / 05 | May / 2010
As did the Vatican:
"NOMINA DI REFERENDARI DEL SUPREMO TRIBUNALE DELLA SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA
Il Santo Padre ha annoverato tra i Referendari del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica i Reverendi Sacerdoti Eduardo Baura de la Peña, Docente presso la Facoltà di Diritto Canonico della Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, e Paolo Giuseppe Bianchi, Vicario Giudiziale del Tribunale Ecclesiastico Regionale Lombardo; i Reverendi Padri Bruno Esposito, O.P., Docente presso la Facoltà di Diritto Canonico della Pontificia Università S. Tommaso d’Aquino, e Luigi Sabbarese, C.S., Decano della Facoltà di Diritto Canonico della Pontificia Università Urbaniana; l’Ill.mo Sig. Edward N. Peters, Docente di Diritto Canonico presso il "Sacred Heart Major Seminary" dell’arcidiocesi di Detroit.
[B0335-XX.01]"Vatican (Catholic; Independent; Vatican)22 / 05 | May / 2010
Which is translated:
"APPOINTMENT OF SUPREME COURT OF clerks of the Apostolic Signatura
The Holy Father has numbered among the clerks of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Reverend Priests Baura Eduardo de la Peña, Professor at the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and Paul Joseph Smith, Judicial Vicar of the Lombardy Regional Ecclesiastical Court; the Reverend Father Bruno Esposito, OP, Professor at the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and Louis Sabbarese, CS, Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical Urban University, the Ill. Mo Mr. Edward N. Peters, professor of canon law at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
[B0335-XX.01]"Translated using machine translation tool Google TranslateTranslated 11 / 08 | August / 2010
The importance of this appointment, lies in the fact that it is a basis for our service to quote this individual, but as he himself notes, we are fully able to disagree with him, he is however recognised as enough of an expert to serve the highest court of the Holy See's making.