Elective unit           (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: Monday evening

 

Crosslisted as Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies DP9410Y

CONTENT
This unit is especially designed to assist those in positions of governance in the Catholic Church and presumes a knowledge of the documents of the Second Vatican Council which provide the basis for current church law.
This unit aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles for the interpretation of the Code of Canon Law relating to the responsibilities assumed by those involved in the governance of church organisations. It is especially designed for: Trustees of Juridic Persons, School Board Members, Health Care Directors, CEO consultants, Parish Pastoral Council Members and Leaders of Religious Congregations.
Selected topics will concentrate on the role of law in the life of the church; governance in the Catholic Church; working relationships with bishops; juridic persons; what makes an institution Catholic; accountability and transparency; church properties and finance. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between canon and civil law.

PREREQUSITES: This unit is especially designed to assist those in positions of governance in the Catholic Church and presumes a knowledge of the documents of the Second Vatican Council which provide the basis for current church law.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. explain the inter-relationship of theology and canon law
2. critique the role of law in the life of the church
3. apply the basic principles of interpretation of canon law and their application to governance in the Catholic Church
4. critically discuss those sections of the 1983 Code of Canon Law which are of special relevance to those dealing with governance in the church and juridic personality
5. demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between canon and civil law

ASSESSMENT
1500 words case study (20%); tutorial paper on a selected topic 1500 words (20%); essay 3000 words (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Beal, John P., James A. Coriden, and Thomas J. Green, eds. New Commentary of the Code of Canon Law. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.
Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The Canon Law: Letter and Spirit.
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1995.

Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The Code of Canon Law in English Translation. New revised edition. London: Collins, 1997.

Coriden, James. An Introduction to Canon Law. Rev. ed. London: Burns & Oates, 2004.

Coriden, James, Thomas J. Green, and Donald E. Heintschel, eds. The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary. New York: Paulist Press, 1985.

Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Council II: More Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents. Newport, NY: Costello Publishing Company, 1998.

*Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents. Newport, NY: Costello Publishing Company, 1998.

Lucas, Brian, Peter Slack, and William d’Apice. Church Administration Handbook. Sydney: St Pauls, 2008.

Maida, Adam J., and Nicholas P. Cafardi. Church Property, Church Finances, and Church-Related Corporations: A Canon Law Handbook. St. Louis: The Catholic Health Association of the United States, 1984.

 

 

Lecturer: ROSEMARIE JOYCE CSB