This unit aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles for the interpretation of the Code of Canon Law relating to the responsibilities assumed by those involved in the governance of church organisations. It is especially designed for: Trustees of Juridic Persons, School Board Members, Health Care Directors, CEO consultants, Parish Pastoral Council Members and Leaders of Religious Congregations. Selected topics will concentrate on the role of law in the life of the church; governance in the Catholic Church; working relationships with bishops; juridic persons; what makes an institution Catholic; accountability and transparency; church properties and finance. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between canon and civil law.
Explain the inter-relationship of theology and canon law;
Critique the role of law in the life of the church;
Apply the basic principles of interpretation of canon law and their application to governance in the Catholic Church;
Critically discuss those sections of the 1983 Code of Canon Law which are of special relevance to those dealing with governance in the church and juridic personality;
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between canon and civil law.
This unit is especially designed to assist those in positions of governance in the Catholic Church and presumes a knowledge of the documents of the Second Vatican Council which provide the basis for current church law.
The pedagogical framework incorporates a series of lectures interblended with case studies and tutorials. Issues which are pertinent in the community will be discussed where relevant using a canonical framework.
Case study – 1500 words
Tutorial paper on a selected topic - 1500 words
Essay – 4000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-29 14:11:15 +1100