Introduction to Canon Law. Pastoral Leadership Program Track A 2006-2007. What is Canon Law?. Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by an ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian (Catholic) Church and its members.
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Pastoral Leadership Program
Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by an ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian (Catholic) Church and its members.
‘Canon’ comes from the Greek word, kanon, which means a rule or practical direction.
The Code of Canon Lawis a collection of the laws and regulations of the universal Roman Catholic Church for those of Latin rite.
By looking at different periods in the history of the Catholic Church, we can discern the role that Canon Law played in the Church’s development, and conclude that we too are living in a period of reform.
In what ways are we now in a reform period, and what , if any, role is canon law playing in this reform?
What are some of the significant changes in the law between the 1917 and 1983 Codes of Canon Law?
Theology of Canon Law
In your own opinion, describe what the relationship between theology and canon law should be.
What effects might a closer relationship between theology and canon law have on future revisions of the Code of Canon Law?Possible Paper Topics