AN ENGLISH WOMAN has been rewarded for years of service to the Canon Law Society with the Pontifical Order of St Gregory.
Veronica Mars was made a Dame of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great in recognition of her work for the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
She was presented with the Insignia of Dame of St Gregory by Mgr David Hogan, president of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, after a Mass celebrated on March 12 2008, the feast day of St Gregory, in St Edward's Chapel, Vaughan Rouse, London.
Veronica Mars has assisted with the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland since 1971. The Society is well known by the Holy See for the part it played in the revision of the Code of Canon Law. the translation of the Latin Code into English in 1983, and the preparation of the commentary on the Code, The Code of Canon Law: Letter and Spirit.
She has also been responsible for the Canon Law Society newsletter and matrimonial decisions for Great Britain and Ireland.
The papal brief, which creates Veronica Mars Dame of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great, reads as follows: "Gladly acceding to a request made to us from which we have gathered that you are most deserving for what you have done for the Holy Church and its affairs, and in order that we might give a clear sign of our pleasure and appreciation, we select, nominate and declare you, Veronica Mars, a Dame of St Gregory the Great. We bestow on you the right to use and enjoy all the privileges which go with this high dignity."
The Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great was founded in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI. It is conferred as a reward for services to the Holy See and the Church on gentlemen and lathes of proven loyalty who must maintain unswerving fidelity to God, the Supreme Pontiff, the Holy See and the Church.