To acquire a basic and synthetic general knowledge about origin and development of Canon Law from the Early Church until the current codifications: Codex Iuris Canonici of 1983 (CIC – CCL) and Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium of 1990 (CCEO). The systematic study of Book I of CIC will introduce in the canonical basics of the Church.
Course Outline: 1. General introduction: Categories and Theology of Canon Law. 2. History and development of Canon Law. 3. Structure of the two current codifications of Canon Law. 4. General norms of Book I CIC (in comparison with CCEO) Learning Outcomes: - Students will be able to recognize and distinguish the common grounds and the differences of Theology and (canon) law. - Students will be able to identify the different periods of history of Canon Law. - Students will be able to use their comprehension of the basics and general norms of the current Code of Canon Law in order to interpret special cases. - Students will be able to categorize the different publications, declarations and statements of the universal and particular Church and of their offices. - This objective will be fulfilled by: attendance and active participation in the class; personal reading of the canons of CIC and CCEO and related documents; personal reading especially of the indicated bibliography; related class activities and case studies will be indicated from time to time.
Textbooks: Code of Canon Law (Latin-English edition, New English Translation. Washington, Canon Law Society of America 2012) (or another newer edition); Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (Latin-English edition. New English Translation. Washington, Canon Law Society of America 2001) (or another newer edition). Bibliography: ABBAS J., Two Codes in Comparison (Rome, Pontificio Istituto Orientale 2007); BEAL J.P.-Coriden J.A.-GREEN T.J. (Eds.), New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (New York, Mahwah, Paulist Press 2000); CAPARROS E.-THERIAULT M.-THORN J.-AUBE H. (Eds.), Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal and Woodrige, Wilson & Lafleur Ltée and Midwest Theological Forum 22004; CORECCO E., The Theology of Canon Law: A Methodological Question (Pittsburgh, Duquesne University Press 1992); CORIDEN J.A., An Introduction to Canon Law (London, Burns & Oats 2004); MARTÍN DE AGAR J.T., A Handbook on Canon Law (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Ltée 22007); MARZOA A.-MIRAS J.-RODRIGUEZ R.-OCANA (Eds.), Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, 8 vols. (Woodridge, Midwest Theological Forum 2004); NEDUNGATT G., A Guide to the Eastern Code: A Commentary on the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (Rome, Pontificio Istituto Orientale 2002); POSPISHIL V.J., Eastern Catholic Church Law, Revised and Augmented edition (New York, Saint Maron Publications 1996); VAN DE WIEL C., History of Canon Law (Louvain, Peeters 1991).