Mediation & Arbitration Services:
may be painful, but it is natural ... even for the Church.
told us: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one
another.” (John 13:34) While, surely all of us try to follow
command, human nature frequently leads us to failure. We
want to be peacemakers, but we get annoyed and upset with one another. We have disagreements and, even in the Church, we have
allows us the opportunity for growth and development if we deal with
it in an open and accepting manner. Some people tend to shy away from
conflict to avoid dealing with problems. Others tend to attack or
blame the offending party. When this happens, more pain is inflicted on
the injured party and on ourselves, and we do not allow the opportunity
for growth or reconciliation within the community.
of the time we are able to overcome conflicts with others by hard work,
collaboration and remembering Our Lord’s words. Nonetheless,
there are times when all of our hard work and prayer do not bring the
resolution and conciliation we seek. The assistance of others may be
necessary as we are told in Matthew 18:15-17.
does mediation work?
is a process of voluntary, cooperative dispute resolution where a
trained professional assists parties in reaching a mutually agreed-upon solution for their
conflict. With the aid of the mediator, parties focus on the problem
at hand, and not on the individual. Mediation allows for conflict to be resolved while honoring the dignity
of the persons involved. The burden and the reward of the resolution of the conflict
resides within the parties themselves; not the mediator.
Why Canon Law
provides the opportunity to work together with our brothers and sisters
in a respectful, conciliatory manner which allows the entire community to benefit.
- Mediation allows more creativity
in solving a dispute rather than relying on the oftentimes arbitrary outcome of
- Mediation allows people to move
toward community and gives the opportunity for a long-lasting solution
helps focus on the underlying issues in a dispute, not just on the
conflicting positions. It helps people to move past bad feelings and
reach a mutually agreed on solution.
Law Professionals offers trained mediators for resolving many types of
disputes that arise within the Church. While there are many good
intentioned, well-trained mediators available in most communities,
Canon Law Professionals offers the additional facet of mediators who have
worked with and for the Catholic Church. We bring a respectful,
canonical perspective and an understanding of the unique concerns and
conflict issues within the Catholic Church.
bring a Catholic perspective and understanding to bear upon the process
in order to assist in healing wounds caused by conflict.
Law Professionals offers neutral facilitators and consultants to help
groups, such as parish councils, deal with difficult issues.
assist congregations that have become divided or polarized, and we
provide workshops and seminars to help communities deal more
effectively with future conflicts.
facilitate meetings and gatherings so that the objectives of the
conveners are completed in the most efficient manner possible.
- We help in planning and goal
could benefit from mediation?
– Unfortunately, differences between individuals can grow and
embroil an entire community. Mediation helps individuals resolve their
disputes. Conflict resolution allows individuals to make their own
decisions and make peace with their neighbors before the conflict grows.
or religious communities – Differences among groups of people
tend to grow into unmanageable situations as individual concerns move
the group. Mediation helps groups focus on the issues at hand and helps
them come to an agreed upon solution. Employment issues within
parishes, divided or contentious parish councils, problems between
pastors and parishioners, can all be remedied through mediation.
- Employees and management of
parochial schools, Catholic colleges and universities, and Catholic
health care facilities.
- Those considering legal action
against the Church.