Canon Law B


Semester 2, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm
This unit, together with DC9001C 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


DC9001C and at least one of CT2121C/3121C; CT2131C/3131C, and CT2141C/3141C 


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, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents. Rev. ed. Northport, NY: Costello, 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.