Canon Law B


Semester 2, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm

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. 

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August


at least three of CT2102C/3102C, CT2121C/3121C, CT2131C/3131C, CT2141C/3141C


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


  • one 3,000-word research paper 50%
  • one 500-word preparation paper 20%
  • 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, 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, NY: Costello Publishing, 1992.
  • ———. Vatican 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.