School of Canon Law

Diritto Canonico

The School of Canon Law strives to prepare canonists with a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of Church law, which helps them develop legal skills with pastoral sensibility, while meeting the practical demands of legal praxis among God's people.

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Teaching follows a systematic method. It attempts to integrate the many juridical institutions emerging from the study of the Church’s Law within the diverse branches of canonical science. All this, in conformity with the Church’s vision of herself as expressed in the Second Vatican Council.

The program’s realist perspective helps the student to appreciate the dimension of justice that belongs to the salvific goods of the Church even prior to their reception in positive law.  This metaphysical realism offers a much richer viewpoint than the old positivistic outlook, which still influences some currents of canonical thought.  Students learn to seek justice while exercising legal prudence in fidelity to sound ecclesiastical tradition.
The program integrates theoretical study with courses on legal praxis.

The School has a large number of permanent professors as well as many prestigious visiting professors from the Roman Curia and from all over the world.

The School’s research and teaching are enriched by the staff’s experience in various dicasteries of the Holy See and in the Tribunals of the Vicariate of Rome. Close links to and regular academic collaboration with colleagues from other universities of Rome and of other countries also enrich the School, along with the theological research and collaboration of the School of Theology.

 

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In evidenza

"To live Christmas is to be shaken by its surprising novelty: Christmas of Jesus does not offer reassuring warmth of fireplace, but the divine shiver that shakes history. Christmas is the revenge of humility over arrogance, simplicity over abundance, silence on the noise, of prayer on 'my time', of God on my".
(Pope Francis, General Audience, Decembre, 19, 2018)

The Rector and the academic community of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross formulate wishes for a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019.

Photo by Marina Testino, ACI Prensa -EWTN

The Schools of Canon Law and Church Communications organized, on December 10, 2018, an interdisciplinary Day of study on the theme Church and protection of personal data.

Giornata di studio sulla privacy nella Chiesa

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At the first floor of the Palazzo dell'Apollinare, the Santa Croce Projects exhibition has been set up, presenting several Centers and Projects of research and teaching initiatives active in our University.

Santa Croce Projects - Mostra dei diversi Centri di ricerca e Progetti dell'Università

The exhibition aims to promote, first of all, the knowledge of these initiatives. In some cases, moreover, this information will inspire new collaborations, studies, research, proposals for doctoral theses and licenses.

Monday, October 8, 2018, the Inauguration Ceremony opening the 2018/2019 Academic Year took place.

Inaugurazione dell'Anno Accademico 2018-2019

The traditional votive Mass of the Holy Spirit was held in Sant'Apollinare Basilica, presided by the Grand Chancellor of the University, Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, and con-celebrated by clergy from the different schools.

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