Canon Law A


Semester 1, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm
This unit together with DC9002C Canon Law B aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of law in the life of the Catholic Church. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the law of the Church since apostolic times and its relationship with theology.  It is also an introduction to and commentary on current canonical legislation as expressed mainly in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and subsequent legislation, including local legislation. Particular attention will be paid to the basic principles of the interpretation of the law and its pastoral application in selected areas, including legislation concerning governance and relevant areas relating to the exercise of various forms of pastoral ministry. 

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March


CT1100C, CT1110C, CT2201C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 700-word abstract of proposed research paper 10%
  • one 4,000-word research paper 50%
  • Part A: one 20-minute oral examination; and
    Part B: one 1,000-word written examination preparation task 40%

Set Text Recommended for Purchase

The Code of Canon Law in English Translation. London: Collins, 1983.


  • Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium. Rome: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1990.
  • Pontificia Commissio Codicis Iuris Canonici Authentice Interpretando. Codex Iuris Canonici. 1989.
  • Beal, John B., James A. Coriden, and Thomas J. Green, eds. New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law. New York: Paulist, 2000.
  • 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.
  • Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Collection. Vol. 1, atican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents. Rev. ed. Northport, NY: Costello, 1992.
  • ———. atican Collection. Vol. 2, Vatican Council II: More Post-Conciliar Documents. Dublin: 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, WI: Bruce, 1934–.
  • The Jurist. Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America. 
  • Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions. 33 vols (to date). Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America, 1981–.
  • Studia Canonica. Ottawa: St Paul University.