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.



In evidenza

11 marzo 2020 - Saluto del Rettore, Luis Navarro, alla Comunità Accademica con i ringraziamenti a docenti, personale amministrativo e studenti per come stanno affrontando le nuove forme della didattica resesi necessarie a seguito dell'emergenza sanitaria legata al Coronavirus. A questo proposito, l'invito a pregare per le vittime, i malati e i familiari, e a chiedere l'intercessione del beato Álvaro del Portillo, primo Gran Cancelliere dell'Università, nel giorno della sua nascita terrena.

Facoltà di Diritto Canonico

La responsabilità giuridica degli enti ecclesiastici

Roma, 23-24 marzo 2020



On Thursday, March 5, 2020 (8.45 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), on the initiative of the Centro di Studi Giuridici sulla Famiglia (CSGF), active in the School of Canon Law, the III Interdisciplinary Day on Legal Anthropology of the Family will be held on the theme The family dimension of the school.

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