); lastly the decrees, decisions, and various acts of the Roman Congregations, jurisprudence rather than law properly so called. The commentators of the Decretals were known as Decretalists. Hergenroether (Freiburg-im-B., 1888); J. Hollweck (Freiburg-im-B., 1905); J. Laurentius (Freiburg-im-B., 1903); D. M. Prummer, 1907; J. This subject will be treated under the following heads: I. subject Notion and Divisions. [24] In relation to the Code, history can be divided into the ius vetus (all law before the 1917 Code) and the ius novum (the law of the code, or ius codicis). I. a rule or practical direction (not to speak of the other meanings of the word, s… Gratian’s “Decretum” was a wonderful work; welcorned, taught and glossed by the decretists at Bologna and later in the other schools and universities, it was for a long time the text-book of canon law. Oriental canon law is distinguished from Latin canon law, which developed along a separate line in the remnants of the Western Roman Empire under the direct influence of the Roman Pontiff, and is now chiefly codified in the 1983 Code of Canon Law. In as far as it is practical the science of canon law is closely related to moral theology; however, it differs from the latter which is not directly concerned with the acts prescribed or forbidden by the external law, but only with the rectitude of human acts in the light of the last end of man, whereas, canon law treats of the external laws relating to the good order of society rather than the workings of the individual conscience. or higher are usually called "canonists" or "canon lawyers". In the Catholic Church, canon law is the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the Church's hierarchical authorities to regulate its external organization and government and to order and direct the activities of Catholics toward the mission of the Church. For this purpose the pope has requested the entire episcopate, grouped in provinces, to make known to him the reforms they desire. [24] The start of the us novissimum is not universally agreed upon, however. [18] Fernando della Rocca used the term "ecclesiastical-positive law" in contradistinction to civil-positive law, in order to differentiate between the human legislators of church and state, all of which issue "positive law" in the normal sense. It soon gave rise to a series of commentaries, glosses, and works, as the “Decretum” of Gratian had done, only these were more important since they were based on more recent and actual legislation. School manuals in one or two volumes are very numerous and it is impossible to mention all. Canon law as a field is called Canonistics. Apostolorum”, the “Testament of the Lord” and the `.` Octateuch of Clement”; lastly the “Apostolic Canons“. Epstein, David G., Bruce A. Markell, & Lawrence Panoroff. It is sometimes referred to as the ius codicis ("law of the code") or, in comparison with all law before it, the ius novum ("new law"). There are also canonists who have written at considerable length either on the whole canon law, or on special parts of it, in their own particular manner; it is difficult to give a complete list, but we will mention: Agostino Barbosa (d. 1639), whose works fill at least 30 volumes; Cardinal J. C. Canonical Collections to the Time of Gratian.—The Latin Church was meanwhile moving towards closer unity; the local character of canonical discipline and laws gradually disappears, and the authors of canonical collections exhibit a more personal note, i.e. We refer to works attributed to the Apostles, very popular in the Oriental Churches, though devoid of official authority, and which may be called pseudo-epigraphic, rather than apocryphal. The ultimate source of canon law is God, Whose will is manifested either by the very nature of things (natural Divine law), or by Revelation (positive Divine law). Without suppressing the law, the legislator can permanently exempt from it certain persons or certain groups, or certain matters, or even extend the rights of certain subjects; all these concessions are known as privileges (q.v.). [50] The Catholic Church developed the inquisitorial system in the Middle Ages. But there may be legal forms of publication, requisite and necessary, and in this consists the promulgation properly so called (see Promulgation). [21] In 325, when the first ecumenical council, Nicaea I, was held, kanon started to obtain the restricted juridical denotation of a law promulgated by a synod or ecumenical council, as well as that of an individual bishop. The term "canon law" (ius canonicum) was only regularly used from the twelfth century onwards. ), interlinear at first, then marginal, or they composed separate treatises known as “Apparatus”, “Summae“, “Repetitiones”, or else collected “casus”, “quaestiones”, “Margaritas”, “Breviaria”, etc. When we speak of a "canonist", we refer to a specialist in internal laws of the Catholic Church. No one is presumed to be ignorant of the law; only ignorance of fact, not ignorance of law, is excusable (Reg. In this category it comes after theology, which studies and explains in accordance with revelation, the truths to be believed; it is supported by theology, but in its turn it formulates the practical rules toward which theology tends, and so it has been called “theologia practica”, “theologia rectrix”. In its preparation, centuries of material was examined, scrutinized for authenticity by leading experts, and harmonized as much as possible with opposing canons and even other codes, from the Code of Justinian to the Napoleonic Code. Collections of this kind were found only in Eastern law. Canon is derived from the Greek kanon, i.e. We pass by in the first place the laws made by the mutual agreement of both parties, such as the legislation of the numerous assemblies in the Visigothic kingdom, and the Frankish kingdom and empire, where the bishops sat with the lords and nobles. lectures, readings) they treated of the conclusions to be drawn from each part and solved the problems (quaestiones) arising therefrom. They begin with the “Compilatio tertia’ of Innocent III; the later collections of the “Corpus Juris”, except the “Extravagantes“, are official. THE REVISED CODE OF CANON LAW: SOME THEOLOGICAL ISSUES THOMAS J. Numerous texts of such origin are found in the ancient canonical collections. It may be noted too that the study of civil law is now frequently separated from that of canon law, a result of the changes that have come over society. Ecclesiastical Law. But it is necessary to explain more exactly its role and importance. Indults or the powers that the bishops of the Catholic world receive from the Holy See, to regulate the various cases that may arise in the administration of their dioceses, belong to the category of privileges; together with the dispensations granted directly by the Holy See, they eliminate any excessive rigidity of the law, and ensure to ecclesiastical legislation a marvelous facility of application. Normally, canon law isn’t in the spotlight; however, it effects every Catholic whether they know it or not. Dr. Edward N. Peters argues that the ius novissimum actually started with the Liber Extra of Gregory IX in 1234. The science of canon law, i.e. The Canonical Collections in the West to Pseudo-Isidore.—In the West canonical collections developed as in the East, but about two centuries later. The plans of the various titles have been confided to canonists in every country. most of the texts since the Council of Trent, and as will be the case for all canon law when the new code is published. [23], The history of Latin canon law can be divided into four periods: the ius antiquum, the ius novum, the ius novissimum and the Codex Iuris Canonici. They treated successively of the depositaries of authority, procedure, the clergy and the things pertaining to them, marriage, crimes and penalties. Parents and those who take their place are bound by the obligation and possess the right of educating their offspring. 861, §2. The clergy, organized everywhere in the same way, exercised almost everywhere the same functions. It includes a selection of papal constitutions, from Sixtus IV to Sixtus V (1471-1590), but not the decrees of the Council of Trent. 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