Edward N. Peters
Edward Neal Peters
1957 (age 61–62)
Edward Neal Peters (born 1957) is an American Roman Catholic canonist who served for some years as a Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura (an advisor/consultant to the Holy See's top tribunal). He is professor of canon law at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Peters was born (1957) and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended the Chaminade College Preparatory School from 1970 to 1975. He attended Saint Louis University, majoring in political science, graduating in 1979. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1982, during the third year of which he was a teaching assistant in the Legal Research and Writing Program for Tate Hall. After graduation, Peters was admitted to the Missouri Bar Association.
In 1988, Peters earned his Licentiate of Canon Law degree from the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law and was named Quasten Fellow for doctoral studies there, completing doctoral course work in 1990, and defending his doctoral dissertation, Penal Procedural Law in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, in August 1991.
Over the next twelve years, Peters served as Director of the Office for Canonical Affairs, Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor, Defender of the Bond, and Collegial Judge for diocesan and appellate tribunals for the dioceses of Duluth and San Diego. From May 2001, Peters taught at the (Graduate) Institute for Pastoral Theology in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2005, he was appointed to the Cardinal Szoka Chair of Canon Law at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In 2010, he was named a Referendary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura by Pope Benedict XVI, as an assistant to the then prefect of the Signatura Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, becoming the first layman appointed to that post since the re-establishment of the Signatura early in the 20th century. When Burke was removed by Pope Francis from the presidency of the Signatura before the beginning of the Synod of the Family in 2014, Peters had to leave Rome and returned to the United States.