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Legal status

Mercy Partners has legal status in canon and civil law.

Mercy Partners Organisation Chart

Canon law

Mercy Partners was approved by the Holy See in November 2008 as a public juridic person (PJP), which means that we are recognised as a legal entity within the Catholic Church.

Canon law defines a PJP as 'an aggregate of persons or things constituted by the competent ecclesiastical authority to fulfill a proper function given them in view of the common good'. (Can. 114 §1)

Put more simply, a PJP is a Church organisation that is able to act in the name of the Universal Church. 

There is a growing tendency worldwide for religious institutes to form new PJPs to be responsible for the sponsorship of their ministries and charitable works into the future. 

Sponsorship is the term used to describe the relationship between a public juridic person (such as Mercy Partners) and its incorporated ministries. When we say that Mercy Partners sponsors a ministry we mean that Mercy Partners is responsible for protecting the ministry’s Catholic identity and the property which remains Church property at the service of the mission.

Civil law

In civil law, Mercy Partners was incorporated in March 2009 under the Roman Catholic Church (Incorporation of Church Entities) Act 1994 (Qld).

Mercy Partners is a registered charity under Australian taxation law and reports to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.