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

Sacraments and law. The sacraments as rights and as a source of law is the title of the Congress of the School of Canon Law expected from April, 4 to 5, 2022.

The conference aims to study some fundamental aspects of the relationship between sacraments and law, and to explore the extent to which the sacraments are at the center of ecclesial law. In addition to the reports that deal with the issue in a more general perspective, some particular topics will be presented which currently have great theoretical and practical importance.

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Il Centro di Studi Giuridici sulla Famiglia organized its IV interdisciplinary Congress, to reflect on the family as "the protagonist of an integral ecology, because it is the primary social subject" (Pope Francis).

As in the previous days of the CSGF, interdisciplinarity was characterized the dialogue and study of this dimension of the family, examined from a philosophical, theological, legal and ecological perspective.

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As is now customary, the University Feast Day was held on March, 10 2022 in memory of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, our founder and first Grand Chancellor, on the anniversary of his birth.

It took place from 3 pm in the Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II", with the performance Travelling with Dante.

The initiative was aimed at students, teachers and administrative staff.

From February 16 to May 25, 2022, every Wednesday (except April 13 and 20), from 3 to 4.40 pm, the Schools of Theology and Canon Law organize the Optional Course (4 ECTS) Ecclesial Movements: a reality on the way. The service of ecclesial law.

For information and registration: teologia [at] (School of Theology) | canonico [at] (School of Canon Law)


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