To acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the canonical norms that govern various bodies of the people of God in the Church (CIC – CCL, Book II; related canons of CCEO).
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 associations of the faithful; common norms; public and private associations; special norms for lay associations. 3) The hierarchical constitution 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; Religious Congregations; Secular Institutes; Societies of Apostolic Life; departures: A summary of processes.
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 (the CCEO can be digitally consulted at the Vatican website). Bibliography: Abbas, Jobe. Two Codes in Comparison. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Orientale, 2007; Beal, John, James Coriden, and Thomas Green, eds. New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2000; Caparros, Ernest, Michel Theriault, Jean Thorn, and, Helene Aube, eds. Code of Canon Law: Annotated. 2nd Edition. Montréal/Woodrige: Wilson & Lafleur Ltée/Midwest Theological Forum, 2004; Corecco, Eugenio. The Theology of Canon Law: A Methodological Question. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1992; Coriden, James. An Introduction to Canon Law. 3rd Edition. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2019; Martín De Agar, Joseph. A Handbook on Canon Law. 2nd Edition. Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Ltée, 2007; Marzoa, Angel, Jorge Miras, and Rafael Rodriguez-Ocana, eds. Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law. 8 vols. Woodridge: Midwest Theological Forum, 2004; Nedungatt, George. A Guide to the Eastern Code: A Commentary on the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Orientale, 2002; Pospishil, Victor. Eastern Catholic Church Law. Revised and Augmented Edition. New York: Saint Maron Publications, 1996; Van de Wiel, Constant. History of Canon Law. Louvain: Peeters, 1991
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to identify and distinguish the structures and institutions in the Church; 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; to employ the knowledge acquired in this course in order to prepare and animate a presentation or further education in a parish or other pastoral contexts.