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

The Academic Guide for the year 2020/2021 is available for consultation.

  Academic Guide 2020/2021

  Academic Calendar 2020/2021

It is already possible to apply for admission to the different study cycles of the Schools of Theology, Canon Law, Philosophy and Church Communications for the Academic Year 2020/21. The necessary form can be requested by writing to santacroce [at], which can be filled in and returned by email attaching the appropriate documents, as indicated on this page.

A partire da lunedì 15 giugno 2020, i servizi della Biblioteca saranno disponibili per i professori con il ripristino degli orari completi, dal lunedì al venerdì dalle ore 8:30 alle 19 e il sabato dalle ore 8:30 alle 13.

Sarà inoltre consentito l’accesso - dietro prenotazione - agli studenti iscritti al Terzo ciclo (dottorato), secondo le indicazioni che verranno fornite in questa pagina, dove sono anche riportate le procedure per il servizio di “prestito libri” per tutti gli altri studenti della Santa Croce.

A partire da lunedì 1 giugno 2020 avrà inizio regolarmente la sessione d'esami (estiva) delle quattro Facoltà, che si svolgerà anch'essa in modalità a distanza, con collegamenti online, elaborati scritti o quiz mediante la piattaforma didattica, a seconda di quanto concordato con i rispettivi docenti e comunicato dalle segreterie.

Di seguito pubblichiamo i calendari degli esami di ciascun Ciclo di studi:


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