03 December 2014

Congratulations to Monsignor Michael Schmitz

Many of you know Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, or have heard some of his excellent sermons and conferences.

But perhaps you didn't know that Monsignor is a canon lawyer of great repute as well.  I'm a little late in doing so, but I wanted to post the great news that Monsignor Schmitz successfully defended his thesis at the Pontifical Lateran University on October 29, which was received summa cum laude.

His thesis was titled The Essential Structure of the Canonical Life, addressing the legal foundation of the particular charism of the canons of the Institute, who are called to live a common life in community as secular canons.
No pressure!

Present along with the superiors of the Institute were also Cardinal Burke, no mean canon lawyer himself, and other dignitaries identified at the ICRSP link below.  

The photos herein are from the French language story at the ICRSP website.  The website allows you to enlarge these with much better resolution.

Congratulations, Monsignor Schmitz!


Anonymous said...

This thesis which Msgr Schmitz defended was for his doctorate in Canon Law. He also had achieved his doctorate in dogmatic theology some time back...in the late eighties.

Canon Gardner

thetimman said...

JBQ, I didn't post your comment because it is factually inaccurate, and otherwise speculation with which I do not agree. On the salient point relative to this post, Monsignor Schmitz was never the rector of the Oratory, and was never stationed here.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the good Monsignor, who I once had the pleasure of hosting for a lecture. From what college is he receiving his degree?


Anonymous said...

Sorry, I see now that the article says he received the degree from the Lateran.