The deacon is described as "a minister of Word, Altar, Charity and Justice." In this online seminar course, an exposition of the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church will bring to light the dogmatic foundations of the Diaconate. By researching the liturgical and social history of the Order, students will be encouraged to develop theological descriptions of the Diaconate that are consistent with the official teachings of the Magisterium.
The course serves as an overview of civil legal and financial issues faced by the parish. Topics addressed include: overview of civil law; contracts; negligence and premises liability; land use and zoning; employment law, workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation; festivals, Bingo, casinos and liquor liability; tax exempt status; confidentiality/privileged communications; protection of children; and financial management. Students will be asked to review and analyze actual published case decisions.