To acquire a basic and synthetic general knowledge about Canon Law in the life and the mission of the Church, from the early Church until the current codifications: Codex Iuris Canonici of 1983 (CIC – CCL) and Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium of 1990 (CCEO). To learn the basic norms established in Book I of the CIC/83.
1. General introduction. 2. Categories and theology of Canon Law. 3. Origin and development of Canon Law. 4. The scope of Canon Law in the Church. 5. General outline of CIC/83 and CCEO/90. 6. Norms of Book I of CIC/83 (in comparison with CCEO): Preliminary norms. Ecclesiastical laws and customs. Persons in the Church. Governance in the Church and ecclesiastical offices. Ecclesiastical decrees. Ecclesiastical juridical acts. Statutes and Ordinances. Counting of Time. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Recognize and distinguish the common grounds and the differences of theology and law; identify the different periods of history of Canon Law and its interdisciplinary nature and essence; assimilate the meaning of laws established in Book I of CIC/83; interpret basic ecclesiastical laws and be enabled to apply them in day-to-day cases involving the ministry and life of the Christian faithful.
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