For any priests who are Canon Lawyers out there—or even lay Canonists for that matter—I’d like to know what value would you see in a seminarian attending a Theologate in Rome (as opposed remaining in the states) with the intention of studying Canon Law in Rome after ordination.
Basics arguments I have heard for why the seminarian should take Theology courses in Rome are:
(1) networking will prove valuable in his ministry as a Canon Lawyer working for the diocese and being in Rome will alone provide important exposure;
(2) once ordained, having already been in Rome for 4-5 years, the man would already have connections throughout the PNAC or potentially with officials competent in Canon Law;
(3) immersion into the language and culture of the place early on will ensure that the man is acclimated to the locale and provide a smoother transition into graduate studies.
I see merit when it comes to networking, especially if this seminarian were to do his Theology years at the PNAC. Otherwise I’m afraid there isn’t a solid case for him to attend seminary at the PNAC besides the fact that it’s located in the eternal city.
Your diverse perspectives will prove valuable in deciding to make a case before the local Ordinary who will ultimately decide on sending this man to Rome or to remain here in the states.
NOTE: It is more than likely that whatever the case of the Theologate this man attends, he will end up leaving to study Canon Law in Rome (Santa Croce). Whatever can facilitate that best is up in the air right now.