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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On Thursday, February 29, 2024 (at 4 PM - Álvaro del Portillo Hall), the School of Canon Law is organizing a Round Table titled The Duty to Report Crimes of Abuse.

The School of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross wishes to remember Professor Gaetano Lo Castro with a Mass for the repose of his soul, on the occasion of his thirtieth anniversary, on February 29th, at 7:00 PM, in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare (located at Piazza di Sant'Apollinare in Rome). Those who wish to concelebrate are kindly requested to send a message to fpuig [at] pusc.it.

On January 29, 2024, Professor Gaetano Lo Castro passed away in Catania after several months of illness. He was a visiting scholar at the School of Canon Law continuously since 1985 and an emeritus professor of Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Rome "La Sapienza."

On Thursday, March 14, 2024 (from 9 am to 6:30 pm, in the Aula Magna Giovanni Paolo II), the "Centro di studi Giuridici sulla Famiglia", operating at the School of Canon Law, is organizing the 6th Interdisciplinary Study Day on Legal Anthropology of the Family, entitled Anthropology of the Family and Work: From the Search for Balance to the Discovery of Complementarity.

Different secular legal systems will be compared through an interdisciplinary reflection involving biblical, anthropological, economic, psychological, and legal aspects.

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On Friday, January 26, 2024, our University hosted a group of 48 students from a French classical high school in Andorra who made a stop in Rome during an organized trip around Italy.

The Ambassador of Andorra to the Holy See suggested that the students undertake a special visit to our institution, which welcomed them with enthusiasm and hospitality.

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