Canon Law and the Sacraments

The unit complements the accompanying unit in Canon Law. It demonstrates how general canonical principles and concepts apply in the area of the sacraments as these are studied in units in Theology, Liturgy and Pastoral. It focuses on Book IV of Code of Canon Law (the sanctifying office of the Church), proper ordering of sacramental life of the Church, the sacraments of initiation, penance, anointing of the sick, orders, marriage. It examines the Sacramentals (including blessings, exorcisms), the liturgy of hours, funeral rites, veneration of saints, sacred images & relics, sacred times and places.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points



P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the development and application of the Catholic Church’s canonical tradition in relation to the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals
  2. Analyse the relationships between sacramental law, theology and liturgy
  3. Appreciate the role of the Church’s sacramental law in pastoral practice
  4. Understand the main elements in the processes of marriage nullity cases, dissolution of the marriage bond cases and other cases handled by Tribunals, and be able to offer basic advice to and refer people to the Tribunal if appropriate
  5. Apply canonical principles in solving particular pastoral case studies
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