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

Incontro dell'allora Cardinale Ratzinger con il corpo docente della "Santa Croce", il 31 gennaio 2002

La comunità accademica della Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, mentre eleva preghiere di suffragio per l’anima del Papa emerito Benedetto XVI, scomparso il mattino del 31 dicembre 2022, vuole onorarne la memoria proponendo una serie di articoli accademici, scritti lungo gli anni dai nostri docenti, relativi al vasto contributo di pensiero e magisteriale del defunto, sia come teologo che come 265º Successore di San Pietro al servizio della Chiesa Universale.

Con memoria grata, l’Università della Santa Croce ha avuto il piacere di averlo come ospite ancora da Cardinale, in una prima occasione il 31 gennaio 2002, per un incontro con il corpo docente dell’Università, accolto oltre che dal Rettore dell’epoca Lluis Clavell anche dall’allora professore Fernando Ocáriz, oggi Prelato dell’Opus Dei.

"The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is his love for us that he became one of us, so that we in turn might become one with him". (Pope FrancisAdmirabile signum, n. 1).

The Rector and the Academic Community of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross wish everyone a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023.

The interdisciplinary research CASE Group (Corresponsabilità, Amministrazione e Sostegno Economico alla Chiesa) organized the 9th Study Day on Canonical Patrimonial Law.

The Day took place on 25 November 2022 in the Benedict XVI Hall (1st floor).

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The Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and the Angelicum Thomistic Institute, launch call for papers, for the conference to be held on 21-22 April 2023 (info). Further information on the conference: info.


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