Thomas Moran: In order to better appreciate the recently published Guide to Understanding Basic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations, some background information might prove helpful. The Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus... ...[read more]
J. Michael Ritty: Any sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric is a terrible crime both in canon law and in secular law. At the same time, the presence of a charge of sexually abusing a minor does not mean that an accused cleric loses the right to due process or the right to be considered innocen... ...[read more]
On April 7, 529- Byzantine Emperor Justinian I issued the first draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (Body of Civil Law). The Justinian Code represented a revival of Roman Law and a compilation of laws for the Byzantine Empire. It became the foundation of Canon Law in the Catholic Church and Civil Law ...[read more]
On November 27, 1983, the revised Code of Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church went into effect. Learn more about the history of Canon Law from Professor Kenneth Pennington of the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.
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JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Goda S.J. of Santa Clara University School of Law says that Pope John Paul II articulated a larger vision of law and freedom founded on respect for human life and dignity that transcends modern Western legalistic definitions... I have been asked to write an op-ed on ...[read more]
A Crisis of Law? Reflection on the Church and The Law Over the Centuries was the topic of remarks by Harvard law professor Charles Donahue delivered at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law on February 4. Read more about Professor Donahue's lecture ... ...[read more]