General Objective: To acquire a basic and synthetic general knowledge about the 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). To introduce the canonical basics of the Church through the systematic study of Book I (General Norms) of CIC.
Course Outlines: 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).
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.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to recognize and distinguish the common grounds and the differences of theology and Canon Law; to identify the different periods of history of Canon Law; to use their comprehension of the basics and general norms of the current Code of Canon Law in order to interpret special cases; to categorize the different publications, declarations and statements of the universal and particular Church and of their offices.