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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"When, at Christmas, we place the statue of the Infant Jesus in the manger, the nativity scene suddenly comes alive. God appears as a child, for us to take into our arms. Beneath weakness and frailty, he conceals his power that creates and transforms all things".
(Pope Francis, Admirabile signum, n. 8).

The Rector and the academic community of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross formulate wishes for a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021.

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On December 7, 2020, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis gaudium of Pope Francis, an interinstitutional agreement was signed by the Conference of Rectors of Roman Universities and Pontifical Institutions (CRUIPRO) to promote the mobility of students within the Roman ecclesiastical university system.

The agreement provides that every semester, ordinary students will be able to attend a course in one of the signatory institutions free of charge, subject to authorization by the institution they belong to and acceptance by the host institution.

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