This unit, together with DC3001C Canon Law A, aims to provide the students with an understanding of the role of law in the Catholic Church and its relationship with theology through a further examination of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and later legislation, including the 1990 Code of Canon Law of the Eastern Churches. Topics to be treated include the law, both universal and local, relating to the administration of the Sacraments, temporal goods and the teaching office of the Church. Sanctions and processes in the Church will be covered if or when required. Students will consider examples of the application of the law in practical pastoral situations.

Unit code: DC3002C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Canon Law

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Interpret the canons in their context and to understand their relationship to other canons.


Apply the law of the Church to concrete situations with pastoral sensitivity and an awareness of the requirements of the law.


Show evidence of a detailed understanding of the requirements for the valid and lawful administration of the Sacraments.


Elaborate a general understanding of the governance and legislation of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Unit sequence

At least 3 of CT2102C/3102C; CT2121C/3121C; CT2131C/3131; CT2141C/ 3141C


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

* = set texts recommended for purchase

  • Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium*. Rome: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1990. Pontificia Commissio Codicis Iuris Canonici Authentice Interpretando. Codex Iuris Canonici. 1989.
  • *The Code of Canon Law in English Translation. London: Collins, 1983.
  • Beal, John B., James A. Coriden, and Thomas J. Green, eds. New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law. New York: Paulist, 2000.
  • Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The Canon Law: Letter and Spirit. Alexandria: E. J. Dwyer, 1995.
  • Caparros, Ernest, Michael Theriault, and Jean Thorn, eds. Code of Canon Law Annotated: Prepared under the Responsibility of the Instituto Martin de Azpilcueta. 2nd ed. Montreal: Wilson & Lafleur, 2004.
  • Coriden, James A., Thomas J. Green, and Donald E. Heintschel, eds. The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary. New York: Paulist, 1985.
  • Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Collection. Vol. 1, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents. Rev. ed. Northport: Costello, 1992.
  • –––. Vatican Collection. Vol. 2, Vatican Council II: More Post-Conciliar Documents. Dominican, 1982.


  • Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1909–.
  • Canon Law Digest: Officially Published Documents Affecting the Code of Canon Law. 14 vols to date. Milwaukee: Bruce, 1934–.
  • The Jurist. Washington: Canon Law Society of America.
  • Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions. 39 vols (to date). Washington: Canon Law Society of America, 1981–.
  • Studia Canonica. Ottawa: Saint Paul University.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 3000 50.0
Case Study 500 20.0
Oral Examination

20-minute oral examination

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-07-22 22:20:36 +1000