LACK OF NEEDED DOCUMENTS
The Philippines Central Conference secretary and the presiding bishop sent in questions of law and the bishop’s responses but neither bothered to send the minutes so the Council would have the full record of the discussion surrounding the request for the ruling. Nor were the documents in question sent along so that the Council would know what they were talking about! Reminds me of some conference secretaries I know of in the United States.
Consequently, the Council cannot provide a ruling that might have implications with respect to financing or implementing the policies or programs under question. Could that in turn cause harm or undermine good that might have been done?
The Council must have all of the germane information or it is handcuffed to the detriment of the ones whose issues are before the Council.
Perhaps the Council’s president, secretary, or clerk should have the authority to evaluate the materials sent in and be able to pursue the rest of the materials as soon as possible in order to try to get everything needed by the Council. Perhaps the Council should list in its letters of contact with those approaching the Council the materials that should be included. The current posted Rules and appendices do not make it clear what back-up materials are most frequently needed.