This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2020-2021
In order to achieve these ends,
- some major institutions of the catholic Church will be studied starting from Book II of the last Codex Iuri Canonici (1986)
- the students will be introduced in the language and the methodology of Canon law.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
|1||read and interpret canonical dispositions
|2||individuate the theological foundations of the Church's institutions|
|3||understand the relevance of a juridical reflection for the Church's practices.|
At a time when the governance of churches raises many questions, the course proposes to study the different forms and status of deliberation in the Church. Councils, synods, local councils, colleges, chapters: the ecclesial realities are ancient and numerous.
In a first approach, after recalling its theological and canonical status, the course will study the canonical provisions characterizing different forms of ecclesial participation and deliberation that include the laity.
At the same time, the course will put these canonical aspects in dialogue with the requirements linked to the regime of Church and State law (particularly in European and Belgian law). The objective is to question a properly theological and canonical re-reading of the issues linked to this state framework, including in the classical forms of "bilateral negociation" (eg concordatarian systems) and new forms of "inter-religious" deliberations and "participatory democracy".
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Each part of the course is introduced in a classical way. After that, the course is organized by interactions with the students through a selection of readings and personal research.
COVID: Face-to-face will be encouraged wherever
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.The evaluation will be based on a paper of about fifteen pages to be written by each student and analysing an institution to be discussed according to an integrated approach such as proposed in the course.
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