CLS files

CLS Retreat 2013

The Catholic Lawyers Society had its annual retreat recently from 9-11 August 2013 at the Marist Brothers Champagnat Youth Centre over the Hari Raya Aidilfitri long weekend.

The theme of the retreat was Mark 6:31 - 'Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while' and featured Fr. Clarence Devadass as our retreat master. Read more »

CLS Committee 2013/2014 Introduced To The Archbishop

The recently elected CLS Committee Members had an audience with His Grace, the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur at the Archbishop’s residence, Cardign House on 22 July 2013.

The meeting was preceded with vespers followed by a bountiful dinner and fellowship. After dinner, President Viola D’Cruz introduced her new committee to the Archbishop. Read more »

Archbishop Marino - Let’s Dialogue

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society (CLS) called on His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Marino, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Malaysia at his residence in Kuala Lumpur.

The CLS delegation was led by its President, Viola Decruz, accompanied by the Society’s advisor Sir Dato Peter Mooney and 3 committee members. President Viola briefed His Excellency of the role and objective of the CLS. Read more »

CLS Celebrates Advisor’s 90th Birthday

The Society recently celebrated the 90th Birthday of Sir Dato Dr. Peter Mooney, the Society's advisor. Dato Peter was born in Donegal, Ireland on 22 May 1923. He graduated from University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The Irish barrister came to Sarawak as Crown Counsel in 1953. He left as Sarawak State Attorney General in 1961. For his services to the Church in Malaysia, he was conferred the honour of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on 26th October 2003. Read more »

Appeal’s Court Hear Interveners’ Appeal In Herald Case

7 interveners had their appeal heard before the Court of Appeal on 8th May 2013 against the decision of Madam Justice Lau Bee Lan who dismissed their application to intervene in the Herald’s High Court Judicial Review action (‘JR Application’).

On 31st December 2009, Justice Lau had inter alia declared that the Archbishop had the constitutional right to use the word “Allah” in the Herald Catholic weekly periodical. Read more »

Viewpoint: Why The Church Has To Speak Up

Roger Tan in his comment that appeared in The Sunday Star on 21/4/2013 has taken exception to statements by the clergy that inter alia ‘make fun’ of the government.

Roger seems to suggest that “lately the pulpit has been misused for political purposes”.

He supports his comment by reference to 4 incidents. These are: Read more »

Christian Reflection On The 13th General Election

The teachings of the Church call on the faithful to take an active part in public life (nos. 1913-1915 Catechism of the Catholic Church) and to exercise the right to vote (no. 2240 CCC).

Article 119 of the Federal Constitution grants each and every citizen above the age of 21 of sound mind and not serving a prison sentence, the right to vote.

The constitutional right to vote is a right to be exercised with due care and thought. Read more »

Red Mass Celebration 2013

Once again the Catholics Lawyers have come together to invoke the aid of the Advocate (Holy Spirit) through the celebration of the Red Mass. 

The Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, commonly referred to as the Red Mass, was held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the century old Church of St. Anthony, Kuala Lumpur.

The presider was the newly installed Bishop of Penang, His Lordship Bishop Sebastian Francis. Read more »

Kuantan Church Gets Leave To Challenge Land Acquisition

The High Court, Kuantan this morning allowed the Kuala Lumpur Archbishop to challenge the acquisition of part of the Church land now occupied by the St Thomas School, Kuantan.

The Archbishop filed his application for leave for judicial review on 3 September 2012 to inter alia quash the decision to acquire part of the Church land.

The Archbishop also seeks various declarations that the acquisition is in contravention of Articles 3 and 11 of the Federal Constitution that protects and guarantees freedom of religion. Read more »

Update On Fr. Paulino's Case

Come Tuesday, 18 September 2012 at 9 am, the PJ Sessions Court judge Puan Hayatul Akmal Binti Abdul Aziz will decide if Fr. Paulino Miranda has to enter his defence to the charge of participating in an ‘unlawful assembly’.

21 prosecution witnesses were called and testified at the trial that spanned over 25 days. The prosecution had closed its case and Judge Hayatul then heard submissions from counsels on whether the prosecution has made out a prima facie case against all the accused. Read more »

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