Secretariat for Canonical Affairs and Tribunal Office

SECRETARIAT FOR CANONICAL AFFAIRS promotes understanding of the law of the Catholic Church (canon law) and provides canonical advice and assistance to the bishop, diocesan and parish staff, religious orders, Catholic associations, and the faithful of the diocese.


The TRIBUNAL OFFICE is the judicial office of the bishop of the diocese. The Tribunal protects a person’s rights and determines the status of the person in the Catholic Church.
The Tribunal serves those who seek to enter a new valid marriage after a first one has ended in divorce, by determining whether or not the marriage that ended in divorce is invalid or is able to be dissolved.



Tribunal: What you should know

Code of Canon Law

USCCB – Canonical Affairs And Church Governance

Bishop Stowe

Application Forms:

Diocese of Lexington Tribunal Staff

Advocate List 2021-2024

Contact Tribunal