To acquire a basic knowledge of the canonical norms and practice on the Teaching Office of the Church (Book III), the Sanctifying Office (Book IV), the Temporal Goods of the Church (Book V), the Sanctions (Book VI) and Processes in the Church (Book VII) as it is presented in the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church (CIC – CCL) with a view to the Eastern Churches (CCEO).
1) Teaching Office of the Church (Book III): Ministry of the Divine Word, missionary activity of the Church, Catholic education, means of social communication, profession of faith. 2) Sanctifying Office of the Church (Book IV): Sacraments, other acts of Divine Worship, sacred places and times. 3) Temporal Goods of the Church (Book V): Acquisition and administration of goods, contracts, alienation, pious dispositions and foundations. 4) Sanctions in the Church (Book VI) with overview on the following chapters: Offences and punishments in general, penalties for particular offence. 5) Processes in the Church (Book VII) with overview on the following chapters: Trials in general, the contentious trial, certain special processes, the penal process, the manner of procedure in administrative recourse and in the removal or transfer of parish priests.
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: 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; Coriden, James. An Introduction to Canon Law. 3rd Edition. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2019; Halligan, Nicholas. The Sacraments and their Celebration. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2004; Jorgensen, Gerald, ed. Marriage Studies. Vol. 5, Sources in Matrimonial Law. Washington: Canon Law Society of America, 2004; 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; McKenna, Kevin. A Concise Guide to Canon Law: A Practical Handbook for Pastoral Ministers. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2000; 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; Renken, John. The Penal Law of the Roman Catholic Church: Commentary on Canons 1311-1399, 1717-1731, and other Sources of Penal Law, Ottawa: SPU Faculty of Canon Law, 2015; Wrenn, Lawrence. Judging Invalidity. Washington: Canon Law Society of America, 2002.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to recognize and distinguish the different sections and matters of the teaching and sanctifying office in the Church; to recognize the necessity of processes and sanctions in the Church; to identify pastoral cases and problems of those pastoral services of the Church; to engage in their current and future pastoral ministry guided by the dispositions and the spirit of the Codes.