To acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the canonical norms that governs various bodies of the people of God in the Church (CIC – CCL, Book II; related canons of CCEO).
Course Outline: 1. General introduction: history and structure of CIC – Book II. 2. The Christian faithful: obligations and rights of all faithful; obligations and rights of the lay faithful; sacred ministers or clerics; formation of clerics; enrolment of clerics or incardination; obligations and rights of clerics; loss of clerical state; personal prelatures; associations of Christian faithful; public association of the faithful; common norms; public and private associations; special norms for lay associations. 3. The hierarchical constitution of the Church: supreme authority of the Church: Roman Pontiff and College of Bishops, Synod of Bishops, Cardinals, Roman Curia, Papal Legates; particular Churches, their structure, groupings and internal ordering. 4. The Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life: common norms; the religious; the secular institutes; the societies of apostolic life; departures – a summary of processes. Learning Outcomes: - Students will be able to identify and distinguish the structures and institutions in the Church: the Christian Faithful, the hierarchical structure and organization, the Institutes of Consecrated Liefe and Societies of Apostolic Life. - Students will be able to use their comprehension of the structures, offices and ministries in the Church in order to apply it to practical cases in practical cases of the universal and the particular Church structure. - Students will be capable of employing the knowledge acquired in this course in order to prepare and animate a presentation or further education in a parish or other pastoral contexts. - 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: ABBASS J., The Consecrated Life: A Comparative Commentary of the Eastern and Latin Codes (Ottawa, Saint Paul University 2008); AYUBAN E., Canonical Issues Related to Religious Life: 200 Practical Questions and Answers (Quezon city, Claretian 2008); 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); CORIDEN JA., An Introduction to Canon Law (London, Burns & Oats 2004); GHIRLANDA G., Il diritto nella Chiesa mistero di comunione. Compendio di diritto ecclesiale (Roma PUG 42014); MARTÍN DE AGAR J.T., A Handbook on Canon Law (Montréal, Wilson & Lafleur Ltée 22007); MARZOA A.-MIRAS J.-RODRIGUEZ-Ocana R. (Eds.), Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, 8 vols. (Woodridge, Midwest Theological Forum 2004); POSPISHIL V.J., Eastern Catholic Church Law. Revised and Augmented edition (New York, Saint Maron Publications 1996).