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Institute of Canon Law

Introduction

Preamble

The traditional Catholic doctrine, which considers the Church as a reality at the same time invisible and visible, spiritual and social, charismatic and institutional, sacramental and juridical, has been recently confirmed again by the ecclesiastical Magisterium. An indissoluble link between the social-visible dimension of the Church and the existence of juridical dimension is affirmed in the Conciliar documents (Lumen Gentium n. 8 and Optatam Totius n. 16) and the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte n. 45 of His Holiness John Paul II.

Canon law is absolutely necessary for the Church. Since the Church is established in the form of a social and visible unit, it needs rules, so that its hierarchical and organic structure may be visible; that its exercise of the functions divinely entrusted to it, particularly of sacred power and of the administration of the sacraments, is properly ordered; that the mutual relationships of Christ’s faithful are reconciled in justice based on charity, with the rights of each safeguarded and defined; and lastly, that the common initiatives which are undertaken so that Christian life may be ever more perfectly carried out, are supported, strengthened and promoted by canonical laws’ (John Paul II, Ap. Cost. Sacrae disciplinae leges, in AAS 75 (1983-II), pp. 12-13).

1. Nature of the Institute
  • The Institute of Canon Law of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa is an institution founded byAssociation of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) and approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education to grant ecclesiastical degrees in Canon Law.
  • The Institute has its founding body with full responsibility over it, its proprietorship, governance and future development, working through the AMECEA Executive Board and the personal and collegial authorities of the Institute (cf. Sapientia Christiana Art. 4).
  • The Institute is under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
  • The Institute, located within The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, is aggregated to the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. As an aggregated body, it remains under the general supervision of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical Urbaniana University.
  • The Institute is governed by the norms of the Holy See, especially the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (15th April 1979) and the Decree of the Congregation for Catholic Education Revising the Order of Studies in the Faculties and Departments of Canon Law (2nd September 2002). Its programmes are drawn up in consultation with the aggregating Faculty of Canon Law.
2. Objectives of the Institute
  • Through teaching and scientific research, the Institute of Canon Law is committed to cultivate and promote the study of the canonical discipline and the matters connected with it, in order to deepen the knowledge of the ecclesiastical laws and to enunciate them systematically, considering the continuous renewal of the law and the progress in the life of the Church.
  • The Institute is committed to promote the continuing permanent education of the sacred ministers of the Church, the members of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, the laity, especially all pastoral agents in the field of Canon Law for efficient evangelization.
  • The Institute is committed to form necessary personnel who will serve in the Episcopal Conference secretariat offices, ecclesiastical tribunals, diocesan curia, pastoral offices, parishes, institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life especially in the AMECEA Region and beyond to implement the provisions of the Code of Canon Law.
  • The Institute is committed to train researchers, lecturers, and practitioners of Canon Law as well as the other holders of ecclesiastical offices (cf. Sapientia Christiana Art. 75) at institutes of higher learning, seminaries and novitiates of religious institutes.
  • The Institute is committed to train students to a level of high qualification in the canonical discipline and to prepare them properly to face competently the tasks they will be assigned in the Church.
  • The Institute is committed to conduct examinations aiming at granting canonical degrees through the aggregating Faculty of the Pontifical Urbaniana University.

main programs

A. The First Cycle

  1. The First Cycle is obligatory for all those who do not have a philosophico-theological preparation responding to the curriculum required by the Institute. This regulation also concerns those with an academic degree in jurisprudence obtained from civil universities.
  2. The First Cycle is not obligatory:
    (i)    for students who have completed the philosophico-theological studies foreseen in the Faculties of Theology for getting the degree of Baccalaureate.
    (ii)   For students who can produce documents showing they have already conveniently studied for a period equivalent to four semesters in a relevant Academic Institution (Faculty of Theology, Higher Institute of Religious Sciences) all the disciplines required for the First Cycle and have passed all the examinations (cf. Sapientia Christiana, Art. 77 1). These students are directly admitted to the Second Cycle (cf. Sapientia Christiana Ord. Art. 57 1).

3. Objectives of the First Cycle are to:

(i)    study philosophical and theological disciplines necessary to acquire basic formation;

(ii)   study the institutions of Canon Law (cf. Apost. Const. Sapientia Christiana Art. 76; Ordinationes Artt. 56 and 57, Decree “Novo Codice“).

4. Duration

The First Cycle, lasting two academic years (four semesters), is for those who do not have a philosophico-theological formation as well as for those who already hold an academic degree in civil law.

5. The completion of the curriculum foreseen for the two years of the First Cycle ds not permit the attainment of an academic degree, but is rather admission requirement to the Second Cycle.


B. Second Cycle

1.  Objectives

(i) To deepen students’ knowledge in the canonical discipline and to introduce them into a process of specialization in order to acquire a mastery of the method of scientific research under the guidance of lecturers.

(ii) To train priests, religious and lay persons who will be engaged in a variety of juridical activities of the Church: future lecturers, counselors in the ecclesiastical government, operators in ecclesiastical tribunals, and pastoral agents for effective evangelization.

2. Duration

The Second Cycle programme consists of three academic years (six semesters) during which candidates are guided to a more profound and in-depth study of the entire Code of Canon Law through the complete treatment of its sources, either the Magisterial or disciplinary to which the study of the related disciplines is added.

 

C. Academic Degrees

(i)    When all examinations established for the First and Second Year of Licentiate are completed, the student may request to be awarded the degree of Baccalaureate in Canon Law.

(ii)   At the end of the curriculum established for three years, one is awarded the Academic Degree of Licentiate in Canon Law.

Diploma
(i)    The Diploma programme in Canon Law is meant for those who do not intend to follow the entire Licentiate  syllabus, but prefer to concentrate on a few courses.

(ii)   The admission requirement is the completion of Secondary education with a mean grade allowing entry into a university in one’s country.

(iii)  A curriculum of 14 courses shall be the requirement of the Diploma programme. This curriculum will be complemented by a Project of 10 000 to 16 000 words written by the candidate under the direction of a supervisor appointed from among lecturers of the Institute.

(iv)  The duration of the course will be one year (2 semesters).

FIRST CYCLE
First Year
First Semester
JC-B 100Pre-Socratic Philosophy (= B-Phl : 104-1)3 credits
JC-B 101Logics (= B-Phl : 102)3 credits
JC-B 102Metaphysics (= B-Phl : 305)3 credits
JC-B 103Philosophical Anthropology (= B-Phl : 201)3 credits
JC-B 104Introduction to Old Testament3 credits
JC-B 105Fundamental Theology: Revelation (= B-DT 100 Introduction and Fundamental Theology)3 credits
JC-B 106Institutions of Canon Law I3 credits
JC-B 107Latin I2 credits
JC-B 117Classical Greek Philosophy (= B-Phl: 104-2)3 credits
Second Trimester
JC-B 108Theodicy (= Philosophy of God B-Phl 307)3 credits
JC-B 110Introduction to Medieval Philosophy (= Scholastic Philosophy B-Phl 202-2)3 credits
JC-B 111Introduction to New Testament3 credits
JC-B 114Institutions of Canon Law II3 credits
JC-B 115Latin II2 credits
JC-B 116Patristic Philosophy (= B-Phl: 202-1)3 credits
JC-B 201Philosophy of Knowledge3 credits
JC-B 206Elements of Dogmatic Theology:Creation, Grace and Sin (= B-DT 303 Christian Anthropology: Creation, Sin and Grace)3 credits
JC-B 209Elements of Dogmatic Theology: Ecclesiology (= B-DT 205 Ecclesiology)3 credits
JC-B 210Elements of Dogmatic Theology: Sacraments3 credits
Second Year
First Trimester
JC-B 112Elements of Dogmatic Theology: Christology (= B-DT 203: Christology)3 credits
JC-B 113Fundamental Moral Theology (= B-MT 105: Fundamental Moral Theology I)3 credits
JC-B 200Philosophy of Religion (= B-Phl : 404)3 credits
JC-B 202Foundation for Ethical Judgments (= B-Phl 207 General Ethics)3 credits
JC-B 203Introduction to Modern Philosophy (= B-Phl 302-2 Classical Modern Philosophy)3 credits
JC-B 204Elements of Dogmatic Theology: Trinity (= B-DT 204: One God and the Holy Trinity)3 credits
JC-B 205Institutions of Canon Law III3 credits
JC-B 207Italian I2 credits
JC-B 213Special Moral Theology: Virtues (= B-MT 208: Moral Person)3 credits
Second Trimester
JC-B 109Hermeneutics3 credits
JC-B 201Philosophy of Knowledge3 credits
JC-B 206Elements of Dogmatic Theology:Creation, Grace and Sin (= B-DT 303 Christian Anthropology: Creation, Sin and Grace)3 credits
JC-B 208Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (= Contemporary Philosophy B-Phl 400)3 credits
JC-B 211Ecumenical Councils3 credits
JC-B 212Social Ethics (= B-MT 307 Social Ethics)3 credits
JC-B 214Italian II2 credits
SECOND CYCLE
First Year
First Semester
JC-L 100General Norms I3 credits
JC-L 101Christ’s Faithful3 credits
JC-L 102History of Canon Law3 credits
JC-L 103Juridical Methodology3 credits
JC-L 104Institutions of Roman Law3 credits
JC-L 105Philosophy of Law3 credits
JC-L 106Latin I3 credits
One Elective
Second Semester
JC-L 107General Norms II3 Credits
JC-L 108Hierarchical Constitution of the Church3 Credits
JC-L 109Theology of Canon Law3 Credits
JC-L 110Teaching Office of the Church3 Credits
JC-L 111Processes I3 Credits
JC-L 112Introduction to Common and Civil Law3 Credits
JC-L 113Latin II3 Credits
One Elective
Second Year
First Semester
JC-L 200Social Doctrine of the Church3 credits
JC-L 201Sanctifying office I3 credits
JC-L 202Canonical Marriage3 credits
JC-L 203Processes II3 credits
JC-L 204Introduction to the Code of Canons of Eastern Churches3 credits
JC-L 205Latin III3 credits
One Seminar
Second Semester
JC-L 206Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life3 Credits
JC-L 207Sanctifying Office of the Church II3 Credits
JC-L 208Processes III3 Credits
JC-L 209Sanctions in the Church3 Credits
JC-L 210Canon Law and Medical Issues3 Credits
JC-L 211Latin IV3 credits
One Seminar
Third Year
First Semester
JC-L 300Temporal Goods of the Church3 credits
JC-L 301Process of Beatification and Canonization3 credits
JC-L 302Relationship between the Church and the Political Community3 credits
JC-L 303Institutions of International Law3 credits
JC-L 304Latin V3 credits
Second Semester
JC-L 305Administrative Canon Law3 Credits
JC-L 306Judicial Praxis on Marriage3 Credits
JC-L 307Acts of Divine Worship, Sacred Places and Times3 Credits
JC-L 308Relationship between Legal Systems3 Credits
JC-L 309Canonical Penal Process3 Credits
Seminars
JC-LS 100Lay Status and the Exercise of the Sanctifying Office3 Credits
JC-LS 101Islamic Law on Marriage3 Credits
JC-LS 102Criminology3 Credits
Electives
JC-LE 100Sociology and Law2 Credits
JC-LE 101Missionary Canon Law2 Credits
JC-LE 102Pastor Bonus2 Credits
JC-LE 103Participation in the Interdisciplinary Session1 Credit
Thesis
Written Comprehensive
Oral Comprehensive
DIPLOMA IN ECCLESIASTICAL TRIBUNAL AND MATRIMONIAL CASES
JC-DET 100:General Introduction to Canon Law
JC-DET 101:Canonical Marriage3 Credits
JC-DET 102:Instruction Dignitas Connubii (I)3 Credits
JC-DET 103:Procedures for Formal Matrimonial Cases3 Credits
JC-DET 104:Instruction Dignitas Connubii ( II )3 Credits
JC-DET 105:Medico-Legal Aspects of Canonical Marriage3 Credits
JC-DET 106:Proof and Defense in The Process of Nullity of Canonical Marriage3 Credits
Case Study

Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases

1. Nature of Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases

The Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases is meant for those who do not intend to follow the entire Licentiate syllabus, but prefer to concentrate on a few courses related to the organization of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases.

2. Rationale of the Course

It has been observed that most dioceses in Africa in general and the AMECEA Region in particular, are lacking ecclesiastical tribunals. The need of training the necessary personnel who will serve in the ecclesiastical tribunals is more and more felt. In fact, many marriage cases remain unattended by the Church, especially in African context. It is therefore time that the Institute of Canon Law offered to the dioceses of AMECEA the opportunity of training ecclesiastical tribunal officials to address the juridico-pastoral needs of the faithful.

3. Objectives of the Course

The Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases aims at equipping students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to competently organize the matrimonial tribunals of the first and second instances and to instruct the matrimonial cases in view of solving the difficulties regularly occurring in canonical marriage.

4. Admission Requirements

The admission requirement is the completion of Secondary education with a mean grade allowing entry into a university in one’s country. The candidate must be recommended by the local Ordinary or by a lawful Superior.

5. Duration of the Course

The duration of the course will be one trimester.

6. Course Requirements

A curriculum of 7 courses shall be the requirement of the course. This curriculum will be complemented by a Case Study of 10 000 to 16 000 words on a matrimonial case by the candidate under the direction of a supervisor appointed by the Academic Board from among lecturers of the Institute.

7. Learning Outcomes of the Course

At the end of this course the student will be able:

To explain the scope, the purpose, the functions of Canon Law;

To give an account of the history of Canon Law;

To relate the Institutions of Canon Law;

To explain the nature of marriage;

To analyze the matrimonial impediments, the defects of the consent and the canonical form of marriage;

To understand the pastoral character of the marriage nullity process, the juridic character of the ecclesiastical marriage nullity process and the binding force of the instruction;

To apply the medico-legal aspects of the canonical marriage;

To organize an ecclesiastical tribunal;

To relate proof and defense in the process of nullity of the canonical marriage;

To instruct a matrimonial case;

To judge a matrimonial case and draw the sentence decree.

8. Courses on Offer

JC-DET 100: General Introduction to Canon Law                – 3 Credits

JC-DET 101: Canonical Marriage                                      – 3 Credits

JC-DET 102: Instruction Dignitas Connubii (I)                    –  3 Credits

JC-DET 103: Instruction Dignitas Connubii ( II )                 –  3 Credits

JC-DET 104: Medico-Legal Aspects of Canonical Marriage – 3 Credits

JC-DET 105: Procedures for Formal Matrimonial Cases     – 3 Credits

JC-DET 106: Proof and Defense in The Process of Nullity of Canonical Marriage – 3 Credits

Case Study

Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases

First SemesterSecond Semester
JC-DET 111: General Introduction to Canon Law

JC-DET 112:   Canonical Marriage

JC-DET 113: Dignitas Connubii and Mitis Iudex Jesus Dominus (I)

JC-DET 114:   Procedures for Formal Matrimonial Cases

JC-DET 115:   Proof and Defense

JC-DET 116:   Administrative Law
JC-DET121: Dignitas Connubii and Mitis Iudes Jesus Dominus (II)

JC-DET 122: Medico-Legal Aspects of Canonical Marriage

JC-DET 123:   Delicta Graviola

JC-DET 124:   Moot Court

JC-DET 125:   Dissolution of Marriage

JC-DET 126:   Case Study
Certificate

Certificate in Canon Law for Parish Collaborators

Content

  • Christ’s Faithful
  • Hierarchical Structure
  • Teaching Office
  • Sanctifying Office (all Sacraments expect Marriage)
  • Canonical Marriage and Marriage Dissolution
  • Acts of Divine Worship

Temporal Goods of the Church

Application procedure

  1. Application for admission is made on a form obtained from the Admissions Office or downloaded from University website (www.cuea.edu).
  2. Fill the form and attach copies of Results Slips, School Leaving Certificate or Transcripts, Diploma or Degree certificates.
  3. Submit these together with a non-refundable, non-creditable Application Fee of 2,000 in a banker’s cheque payable to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, or by direct deposit in the University’s account in any branch of the following banks:
  • Commercial Bank of Africa (A/C No. 5-152580-004)
  • Cooperative (A/C No. 2905722200)
  • Equity (A/C No. 0610292352491)

Application can be made throughout the year.

Intakes: in January and in August.

Downlod our brochure  here.

The uniqueness of the programme

The traditional Catholic doctrine, which considers the Church as a reality at the same time invisible and visible, spiritual and social, charismatic and institutional, sacramental and juridical, has been recently confirmed again by the ecclesiastical Magisterium. An indissoluble link between the social-visible dimension of the Church and the existence of juridical dimension is affirmed in the Conciliar documents (Lumen Gentium n. 8 and Optatam Totius n. 16) and the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte n. 45 of His Holiness John Paul II.

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