A consultor is one who gives counsel, i.e. a counsellor.
It is a specific title for various advisory positions: In the Roman Curia i.e. the Vatican, a consultor is a specially appointed expert who may be called upon for advice desired by a department. Consultors, who can be members of the clergy, female or male religious, or laity, and possibly even non-Catholics, are called upon according to need and according to their competence in specific fields.
The decisions are then made by the cardinals and (since the Second Vatican Council) bishops who are members of the department, those of the greatest importance being made at plenary meetings, held in principle every year, at which even those members not resident in Rome take part, while those that are important but of ordinary character are taken at the more frequent ordinary meetings, and the day-to-day routine work is done by the prefect or president of the department, assisted by the secretary and under-secretary and the other members of the staff.
College of Consultors:
1. Fr. Paul Beukes OMI
2. Fr. Keith Gordon-Davis
3. Fr Antonio Nunes
4. Fr Jean-Marie Kuzituka Did-Ho
5. Fr Jonathan Peterson OMI
6. Fr Victor Ngwenya
7. Fr Solomon Mphela OFM