Canon Law A


Very Rev. Prof. Ian Waters Semester 1, 2019
Monday 10.00am — 1.00pm

This unit together with DC3002C Canon Law B aims to provide the 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 also is 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 19 March


CT1100C and CT1110C, CT2201C


3 hours per week


one 3,000-word research paper 50%
one 500-word preparation paper
one 20-minute oral examination  30% 

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 Press, 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, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents. Rev. ed. Northport: Costello Publishing, 1992.
  • ———. Vatican Collection. Vol. 2, Vatican Council II: More Post-Conciliar Documents. Dublin: Dominican Publications, 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 Publishing, 1934–.
  • The Jurist. Washington: Canon Law Society of America. 
  • Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions. 33 vols (to date). Washington: Canon Law Society of America, 1981–.
  • Studia Canonica. Ottawa: St Paul University.