Advanced Canon Law 1

10 Units

This course has a pastoral flavour in its approach to general norms of canon law; principles and processes; judicial and administrative procedures; various offices, goods, sanctions, structures and ministries of the Church.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate growth of understanding of Canon Law and how it regulates dioceses, parishes and religious institutions and the sacramental life of the church, as well as the teaching functions of the church;
  2. Examine those canons regulating the recording of the sacraments of confirmation, ordination, and marriage in the candidate’s baptism certificate; articulate who can confer sacraments;
  3. Reflect on matter and form for validity of sacraments; canonical requirements for general absolution and the lawful and valid marriage celebrations; discuss the irregularities for the exercise of orders;
  4. Explain how the Church regulates loss of the clerical state; the rights and duties of the Diocesan Administrator;
  5. Discuss how Canon law can change; provide examples of juridical persons and ecclesiastical goods;

The course reveals:

  • how Canon law regulates the priesthood and the clerical state;
  • deals with conflict and procedures for declaring marriages null;
  • practical canonical implications for sacraments; loss of clerical state;
  • the vacant see;
  • response required to the teaching of the Magisterium; ownership of ecclesiastical goods; and
Replacing Course(s) THEO6037
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6037 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6037.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2000 words (40%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 3000 words (60%)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 143 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT60371

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