Canon Law : Introduction

lreli1291b  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Canon Law : Introduction
2 credits
15.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
Christians Louis-Léon;
Main themes
The articulation between theology and law; the theologies of canon law; the notion of the fundamental rights of the faithful; the role and effectiveness of canon law in the life and practice of the Church.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student will be able:

- to grasp the place and the role of canon law in the life and practice of the Church;

- to perceive how ecclesiological data are put into practice in concrete terms;

- to use documents and instruments of work in canon law, including the texts of the Code of Canon Law of 1983;

- to articulate ecclesiology, pastoral theology and canon law.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
After a historical and conceptual introduction, the course presents the major places of contemporary canon law: what are the issues and concrete practices in general, based on the structure of the 1983 Code, and in particular on the notion of fundamental rights of the faithful. According to this course, the ecclesiological relevance of canon law is questioned in order to grasp the scope of the debates on the 'theology of canon law'.
Introduction: History of Canon Law: from practice to science
                     : The variety of canonical norms
The practice of Canon Law and the 1983 Code: Presentation of the way of codification
Analysis of the structure of Code
Institution and fundamental rights
Major doctrinal issues
Major practical issues
Application in time and natural law
Personal application and Ecumenism
Conclusions: Theologies of Canon Law: between law and theology
Theological uncertainties and ecclesiological conflicts
Evaluation methods
Classical oral examination. A list of questions will be available to students at the end of May. The examination consists of a theoretical question and a practical case.
Other information
without object
Supports :
1. Un portefeuille d'articles constitue le support principal : cfr le moodle du cours.
2. Un manuel de référence :L. GEROSA, Le droit de l'Église. Manuel de théologie catholique, Luxembourg, Saint-Paul, Paris, Le Cerf, 1998
3. Les étudiants devront disposer d'une version papier ou électronique du code de droit canonique
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in religious studies