Selected Themes in Canon Law

This unit serves as the primary way of gaining acquaintance with the canonical tradition of the Church in the non-sacramental areas of Church life. As such, it is a particular expression of the theology of Church studied in Systematic and Pastoral Theology. Selections are taken from the areas of the general Norms and rationale for Canon Law, ecclesiology, office in the church and power of governance, the teaching office of the church, temporal goods of the Church, penal law and Church procedures particularly pertaining to sexual abuse.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Credit Points



P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the universal law of the Catholic Church
  2. critique the place of law in pastoral practice
  3. articulate a critical understanding of the theological basis for that law
  4. apply this law in practical way in pastoral life and ministry

validate aspects of the law to pastoral practice

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