KANONIKA 10. Second Revised Edition, 2020. “A GUIDE TO THE EASTERN CODE. A Commentary on the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches”, G. Nedungatt SJ, G.H. Ruyssen SJ

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Since its publication in 2002, now more than 18 years ago, A Guide to the Eastern Code – A Commentary on the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, edited by Fr. George Nedungatt, S.J., has been widely sold so as to have become the absolute best-seller of the series Kanonika published since 1992 by the Canon Law Faculty of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome. This second revised edition does not do away with the excellent commentaries contained in the first edition, all written by outstanding specialists of CCEO, most of whom, as Consultors of PCCICOR, were present at its inception and watched over its initial application. However, this volume is not a simple reprint of the original edition but an updated version integrating the latest changes to CCEO enacted by the Supreme Legislator and the ongoing praxis of the Roman Dicasteries since 2002. It also extends the original bibliography at the end of each Title. With this new edition we hope that this updated commentary on CCEO will continue to correspond, indeed, to what it intends to be, namely, a Guide aimed at assisting not only the Eastern Catholic Churches in their daily life and mission, but also the Latin Church to whose pastoral care Eastern faithful, increasingly present in traditional Latin territories due to massive migration, are entrusted.

Georges RUYSSEN, S.J., Rome, October 14, 2020.

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KANONIKA 29. “The Apostolic See and the Eastern Catholic Churches: from the Tridentine Era to the Present”, Sean T. Doyle, J.C.D.

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In the present work the author studies how efforts at understanding the juridic relationship between the Apostolic See and the Eastern Catholic Churches over the past roughly five hundred years have led to the increased recognition of the juridic autonomy of those Churches. The work first focuses on the early jurisprudence concerning the binding force of papal legislation on Eastern faithful, highlighting an important though unapproved decision made by a particular congregation of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in 1631, which declared that the popes did not intend to bind the subjects of the sees of the schismatic patriarchs by certain types of apostolic constitutions except in three particular cases. The work then reviews the jurisprudence of Pope Benedict XIV, who cited this decision three times in his writings; the events of the pontificate of Pope Pius IX, particularly those surrounding the First Vatican Council when the preconciliar commission on the Churches of the Eastern rite sought to suppress the praxis based on this decision; the period of the first codification of canon law, when this decision was reaffirmed in praxis; and, finally, the Second Vatican Council and the second codification period, when this decision became the basis for canon 1492 of the Eastern code. This study emphasizes the impact that the jurisprudence surrounding the 1631 decision has had on how the understanding of Eastern juridic autonomy has developed in the Catholic Church. It also shows how the current canonical norms impacting Eastern autonomy can be better understood in light of this historical development.

Sean T. Doyle, J.C.D. (1985,Glenside, Pennsylvania). Having obtained a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, he graduated from the Catholic University of America with a License in Canon Law in 2012, and with a Doctorate in Canon Law in 2018. He currently works for both the Metropolitan Tribunal and the Chancery Latin Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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KANONIKA 28. “THEOLOGY OF LAW”, George Nedugatt SJ

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Author: George Nedugatt SJ

Publisher: Orientalia Christiana & Valore Italiano, 2019

Language: english
ISBN 978-88-97789-67-3

Foreword by Bishop J. I. Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru

Roman Catholic theology experienced profound growth and development with the Second Vatican Council and since. With the renewal in scriptural, historical and ecumenical studies, open to new philosophical currents, and sensitive to diverse cultural contexts, Catholic systematic theology has undergone a remarkable evolution. The Church is societas sui generis, but vera societas “constituted and organized in this world as a society” (LG 8). That the Church is a true society is obvious to all who look at its history; but its specific nature is involved in mystery. In particular there is the relationship between faith, law and liturgy in the light of the classical adage Legem credendi statuat lex supplicandi. The Church is an adoring society. But the Church is also an acting society, and the adage should hold: Legem agendi statuat lex canonica.

KANONIKA 27. “L’inscription dans une Église de droit propre”, Bruno Gonçalves, c. o.

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Language: french
ISBN 978-88-97789-63-5

Préface du Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (Archevêque de Lyon, 2018)

Si l’Église catholique est composée à une très forte majorité de fidèles de rite latin, elle n’en compte pas moins plus de 17 millions de fidèles orientaux actuellement répartis dans 23 Églises de droit propre. Si l’appartenance à ces Églises sui iuris se réalise habituellement par un processus juridique, codifié tant en droit latin qu’en droit oriental, à l’occasion de l’administration du baptême, d’autres situations peuvent modifier cette inscription par exemple à l’occasion d’un mariage entre fidèles appartenant à différentes Églises de droit propre. Ce processus de l’inscription dans une Église sui iuris est le garant nécessaire, mais pas toujours suffisant, de l’appartenance d’un catholique oriental à sa tradition rituelle propre. Alors que ces Églises orientales catholiques sont malmenée dans leur territoire historique sous l’effet notamment des guerres et des persécutions, l’étude canonique exhaustive de ce processus juridique convoque à une ecclésiologie de communion où la spécificité de chacune des Églises de droit propre est considérée comme le trésor de l’Église catholique toute entière.

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