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1. The Revision of Canon Law (1959-1982)

   A) Pre- and Intra-Conciliar Phase

   B) Post Conciliar Phase

   C) Post Promulgation Retrospectives

   D) Lex Ecclesiae Fundamentalis

2. Teaching Canon Law

3. The Seal of Confession

4. Canonical Form of Marriage

5. The Promoter of Justice

6. The Common  Law

7. Miscellaneous

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1. The Revision of Canon Law (1959-1982) (updated 12 AUG 05)


L'Année Canonique 6-7 (1959-1960), 19-34 (1975-1991) ≠ 23, 31

CLSA Proceedings 31-44  (1969-1982)

Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 15-24 (1959-1968)

Homiletic and Pastoral Review 59-65 (1959-1965)

Louvain Studies 1-16 (1966-1991)

Revue de Droit Canonique 28-33 (1978-1983)

Studia Canonica 1-16 (1967-1982)

The Jurist 19-56 (1959-1996)



  A) Pre- and Intra-Conciliar Phase


J. Abbo, “The revision of the Code” The Jurist 20 (1960) 371-397.


M. Cabreros de Anta, “La revisión del Código de dereco canónico” Ius Canonicum 1 (1961) 384-394.


P. Lombardía, “La sistemática del Codex y su posible adaptación” Revista Español de Derecho Canónico 16 (1961) 213-237.


P. Ciprotti, “Il Codice di diritto canonico e il suo aggiornamento,” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 17 (1961) 9-21.


J. Abbo, “The Roman Synod” The Jurist 21 (1961) 170-203.


F. McManus, “The Second Vatican Council and the canon law” The Jurist 22 (1962) 259-286.


L Őrsy, “Vie de l’Eglise et renouveau de droit Canon” Nouvelle Revuew Theologique 85 (1963) 952-965; English trans. (E. Stanek): The Jurist 25 (1965) 46-65.

R. Wesselmann, "Canon Law: criticism and reactions" Homiletic and Pastoral Review 65 (1964-1965) 641-647.

see also: Baldanza 1,2, Book VI, infra.



  B) Post-Conciliar Phase


General Studies


J. Baldanza, “La constituzione ‘De Ecclesia’ ed alcune considerazioni sullo spirito che deve animare la riforma del Codice di diritto canonico” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 21 (1965) 158-176.


CLSA, “The renewal of canon law” The Jurist 26 (1966) 165-166.


F. McManus, “The reform of the canon law” The Jurist 26 (1966) 269-271.


R. Rodes, “A suggestion for the renewal of the canon law” The Jurist 26 (1966) 272-307.


L. Vischer, "Reform of canon law: an ecumenical problem" The Jurist 26 (1966) 395-412.


J. Conway, "Law and renewal" The Jurist 26 (1966) 413-425.


W. Doyle, "The Canadian contribution to the revision of the Code", Studia Canonica 1 (1967) 163-178.


W. Onclin, “The Church society and the organization of its powers”, The Jurist 27 (1967) 1-17.


J. Bishop, “Canon law: pluralism or uniformity?” The Jurist 27 (1967) 77-81.


CLSA, “The role of law in the Church”, The Jurist 27 (1967) 163-181.


L Örsy, "Quantity and quality of laws after Vatican II" The Jurist 27 (1967) 385-412.


L. Croghan, et al., “Notes on the proposed revisions of the Code” The Jurist 27 (1967) 182-187.


“Norms on the [1967] Synod of Bishops” The Jurist 27 (1967) 232-243.


J. Lopez Ortiz, “Valoraciones y decisiones jurídicas en el Concilio Ecuménico Vaticano II” Ius Canonicum 6 (1966) 5-24.


F. Murphy & G. MacEoin, “Reform of canon law” in ibid., Synod ’67: A New Sound in Rome (Bruce, 1968) pp. 52-72.• Journalistic in style and shallow, but still interesting as a "period piece" illustrative of some currents impacting the initial years of canonical revision. 0508


CLSA, “Resolutions of the Canon Law Society of America” The Jurist 29 (1969) 26-28.


H. Grenier, "Le droit canonique à la lumière de Vatican II" Studia Canonica 3 (1969) 239-249.


J. Provost, "Pastoral attitude and practice: on the reform of canon law" Louvain Studies 3 (1968) 143-154.


CLSA, “[Resolutions of] the Canon Law Society of America” The Jurist 30 (1970) 380-386.


R. Cunningham, “The principles guiding the revision of the Code of canon law” The Jurist 30 (1970) 447-455.


A. Guay, "From the Code of canon law to Vatican II" Studia Canonica 4 (1970) 203-208.


L. Bidagor, “La Comission Pontificale pour la révision du Code du droit canonique" Communicationes 2 (1970) 115-126.


J. Brundage, “The creative canonists: his role in Church reform” CLSA Proceedings 32 (1970) 15-28.


J. Barry, "Law in the post-conciliar Church" Studia Canonica 5 (1971) 259-278.


G. Lesage, "Un nouveau style du droit ecclésial" Studia Canonica 6 (1972) 301-314.


G. Vennes, "Une conversion dans le droit canonique" Studia Canonica 7 (1973) 191-214.


F. Morrisey, "Preparing ourselves for the new law: 'Law alone will not hold the Church together'" Studia Canonica 7 (1973) 113-128.


J. Coriden, “The future of the law” The Jurist 34 (1974) 154-160.


C. Lefebvre, "Etat actuel des travaux de revision du Code" L'Année Canonique 19 (1975) 94-111.


T. Green, “The revision of the Code: the first decade” The Jurist 36 (1976) 353-441.


J. Passicos, "Quel droit pour quelle Eglise: quelques questions fondamentales pour un nouveau temps des réformes" L'Année Canonique 21 (1977) 19-37.


CLSA. “A statement concerning the revision of the Code of canon law” The Jurist 38 (1978) 209-216.


J. Provost, “Canon law—true or false reform in the Church?” The Jurist 38 (1978) 257-267.


T. Green, "Task force report on the current schemata of the proposed revision of the Code of canon law" CLSA Proceedings 40 (1978) 13-33.


F. Morrisey, “The revision of the Code of canon law” Studia Canonica 12 (1978) 177-198.


C. Lefebvre, "Les tendances générales préconisées dans le projet des livres IV, V, VI, et VII du Code" Studia Canonica 12 (1978) 211-223.


T. Green, "The revision of canon law: theological implications" Theological Studies 40 (1979) 593-679.


J. Alesandro, “The revision of Church law: conflict and reconciliation” The Jurist 40 (1980) 1-26.


L. Restrepo Uribe, “El proyecto-esquema de Código de derecho canónico” Universitas Canonica 2 (1982) 13-35.


J. Alesandro, "Law and renewal: a canon lawyer's analysis of the revised Code" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 1-40.



Book I


M. Hughes, "A new title in the Code: on juridical acts" Studia Canonica 14 (1980) 391-403.


F. Morrisey, "The significance of particular law in the proposed new Code of canon law" CLSA Proceedings 43 (1981) 1-17.


R. Carlson, "Chancery issues: impediments and dispensations, validity of acts, relationships between bodies" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 93-104.



Book II: Parts I, II


A. Carter, "Bishop-priest-laity relationship in the light of Vatican II" The Jurist 27 (1967) 145-162.


J. Provost, "The revised Code: a new way of thinking for Church and about priests" Louvain Studies 9 (1974) 226-235.


J. Hedderman, "The permanent diaconate: its development and its canonical implications" CLSA Proceedings 40 (1978) 109-115. • Light on canon law, acknowledges that education of deacons is too unsystematic even for their limited roles, regards schema treatment of deacons as seriously wanting. 0508


J. Komonchak, "A new law for the People of God: some theological reflections" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 14-43.


W. Varvaro, "Proposed legislation for permanent deacons: developments and difficulties" CLSA Proceedings 43 (1981) 238-253. • Good overview of 1980 Schema provisions; shows uncertainties and inconsistencies in the law; has a fair amount of practical advice on issues. 0508


J. Provost, "The People of God: law or politics?" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 44-59.


J. Kinney, "Rights and duties of the faithful in the schema 'People of God': an encouragement to exercise them" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 107-114.


N. Bauer, "People of God schema: Clerics--function versus call" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 115-123.


M. Sheehan, "Is there any life in the Church beyond the diocese? Supra-diocesan structures and Church governance in Book II, People of God" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 132-150.


J. Mallet, "Diocesan structure and governance" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 151-160.


R. Lettman, "Episcopal conferences in the new Code of canon law" Studia Canonica 14 (1980) 347-367.


T. Green, "Critical reflections on the Schema of the People of God" Studia Canonica 14 (1980) 235-322.


J. Provost, "Toward a renewed canonical understanding of official ministry" The Jurist 41 (1981) 448-479; reprinted in J. Provost, ed., Official Ministry in a New Age, Permanent Seminar Studies no. 3, (CLSA, 1981)194-225.


J. Provost, "The impact of the proposed Book II De populo Dei on the local Church" Studia Canonica 15 (1981) 371-397.



Book II, Part III: Consecrated Life


B. Pennington, “The structure of the section concerning religious life in the revised Code” The Jurist 25 (1965) 271-290.


W. Hogan, “Toward a reevaluation of religious law” The Jurist 25 (1965) 340-344.


B. Pennington, “The integration of monastic law in the revised Code” The Jurist 25 (1965) 345-350.


Concilium Monasticum Iuris Canonici, “Propositum monasticum de Codice iuris canonici recognoscendo” The Jurist 26 (1966) 331-357.


B. Frison, "The challenge of change: renewal of structures of government in religious institutes", Studia Canonica 1 (1967) 223-243.


B. Pennington, “The temporary profession of monks—a proposal” The Jurist 27 (1967) 82-84.


V. Truyen, “The relationship between monks and religious” The Jurist 28 (1968) 185-191.


B. Pennington, “L’insertion du droit monastique dans le Code revisé” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 24 (1968) 155-161.


Cistercians of Strict Observance, "Suggestions for a revision of canon law" Studia Canonica 5 (1971) 184.


K. O’Rourke, “The new law for religious: principle, content and evaluation” CLSA Proceedings 36 (1974) 45-70.


M. Said, "The present state of the reform of the Code concerning the section De institutis perfectionis" Studia Canonica  8 (1974) 213-235.


F. Morrisey, "The spirit of the proposed new law for institutes of consecrated life" Studia Canonica 9 (1975) 77-94.


C. Regan, "The schema of canons on institutes of life consecrated by profession of the evangelical counsels" CLSA Proceedings 39 (1977) 98-111.


M.-A. Boucher, "Un nouveau droit proposé aux instituts religieux"  Studia Canonica 11 (1977) 351-388.


D. O'Connor, "Religious law" CLSA Proceedings 40 (1978) 74-100.


R. McDermott, "Schema of canons on institutes of life consecrated by profession of the evangelical counsels: revision or update?" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 124-131.


J. Leduc, "Principles of common law and the 1977 Schema on institutes of life consecrated by profession of the evangelical counsels" Studia Canonica 14 (1980) 405-422.


J. Beyer, "Le deuxième projet de droit pour la vie religieuse" Studia Canonica 15 (1980) 87-134.


P. Huizing, “A methodological reflection on the section ‘Institutes of consecrated life’ in the Schema Codicis iuris canoniciThe Jurist 42 (1982) 180-191.


B. Pennington, “The new Code of canon law and the new legislation of the religious institute” The Jurist 42 (1982) 192-196.


S. Holland, "Select issues in religious law: admission, separation, approbation" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 121-140.


J. Leonard, "The vow of poverty and the temporal goods of religious according to the proposed Code" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 207-218.



Book IV: General


T. Green, “Sacramental law: reflections on the proposed schema: CLSA Proceedings 37 (1975) 70-83.


T. Green, "The revision of sacramental law: perspectives on the sacraments other than marriage" Studia Canonica 11 (1977) 261-327.


M. Himes, "The current state of sacramental theology as a background to the new Code" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 60-77.



Book IV: Marriage


L. Wrenn, “Updating the law on marriage” The Jurist 27 (1967) 267-282.


CLSA, “The bond of matrimony” The Jurist 28 (1968) 70-73.


J. Provost, "Marriage: change in pastoral attitude and practice" Louvain Studies 5 (1970) 179-189.


U. Navarrete, “Mutationes et praevisae innovations in iure matrimoniali” Prawo Kanoniczne = (1972) 4-6.


G. Lesage, "Pour une rénovation de la procédure matrimoniale" Studia Canonica 7 (1973) 253-279.


F. Morrisey, “Proposed legislation on defective matrimonial consent” CLSA Proceedings 36 (1974) 71-82.


F. Morrisey, “Preparing ourselves for the new marriage legislation” The Jurist 33 (1973) 343-357.


T. Green, "The revision of marriage law: an exposition and critique" Studia Canonica 10 (1976) 363-410.


T. Green, “The revised schema de Matrimonio: text and reflections” The Jurist 40 (1980) 57-127.


F. Morrisey, et al., Marriage legislation in the new Code" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 78-106. Contains bibliography.




Book V


P. Bellini, “Potestas Ecclesiae cira temporalia. Concezione tradizionale e nuove prospettive” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 24 (1968) 68-154 (Italian text).


I. Violardo, “De bonis Ecclesiae temporalibus praelucente Concilio oecumenico collustratis” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 24 (1968) 162-166.


J. Provost, "The revision of Book V of the Code of canon law" Studia Canonica 9 (1975) 135-152.


A. Bennet, "The practical effect on the fiscal administration of Church finances of the provisions of Book Five: the law regarding Church possessions" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 171-178.


D. Frugé, "Taxes in the proposed law" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 274-288.




Book VI


J. Baldanza, “De recognoscendo iure poenali quaestiones quaedam” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 19 (1963) 93-104. •


J. Baldanza, “De iure canonico poenali secundum hodieram ecclesiologiam recognoscendo” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 20 (1964) 283-297.


J. O'Connor, "Trends in canon law: the question of penalties" Studia Canonica 3 (1969) 209-237.


J. Arias, “Principio basicos para la reform de derecho penal canonico” Ius Canonicum 10 (1970) 185-208.


P. Ciprotti, “Il diritto penale della Chiesa dopo il Concilio” Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 26 (1970) 91-106.


T. Green, “The future of penal law in the Church” The Jurist 35 (1975) 212-275.


T. Green, "Reflections on penal law reform" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 179-187. Contains bibliography.


T. Green, "Penal law revisited: the revision of the penal law schema" Studia Canonica 15 (1981) 135-198.



Book VII


S. Kelleher, “A suggested method of procedure in the recognition of the fourth book of the Code” The Jurist 29 (1969) 78-84.


R. Kennedy, “Administrative law: new proposed Roman norms” CLSA Proceedings 34 (1972) 98-103.


T. Green, "Procedural law: reflections on the proposed schema"" CLSA Proceedings 39 (1977) 63-81.


G. Lesage, "Procédures matrimoniales d'après le Schema de processibus" 11 (1977) 211-224.


F. Morrisey, "Procedural law: the state of the question" CLSA Proceedings 40 (1978) 49-59.


T. Green, “The revision of the procedural law schema: implications for tribunal practice” The Jurist 40 (1980) 349-383.


E. Dillon, "'De Processibus': an analysis of some key provisions" CLSA Proceedings 42 (1980) 161-170.


K. Ruzick, "Competence, nullity of acts, and the appeal process: a look at the procedural law of the new Code" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 105-120.


T. Molloy, "Administrative recourse in the proposed Code of canon law" CLSA Proceedings 44 (1982) 263-273.



  C) Post-Promulgation Retrospectives


F. D’Ostilio, La storia del nuovo Codice di diritto canonico (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1983). Much useful technical information.


R. Metz, "La nouvelle codification du droit de l'Eglise" Revue de Droit Canonique 33 (1983) 110-168.

F. Morrisey, “The contributions of synods to the elaboration and implementation of the new Code” CLSA Proceedings 47 (1985) 35-46.

T. Green, "Subsidiary during the Code revision process: some initial reflections," The Jurist 48 (1988) 771-799.


J. Fox, "A general synthesis of the work of the pontifical commission for the revision of the Code of canon law" The Jurist 48 (1988) 800-840.


C. Cox, "The procedural law that might have been: some proposed changes that were not adopted during the Code revision process" The Jurist 50 (1990) 613-642


T. Green, "The Canon Law Society of America and the revision of the Code: historical reflections and continuing concerns" The Jurist 53 (1993) 1-21.


J. Herranz, Studi sulla nuova Legislazione della Chiesa (Centro Academico Romano della Santa Crocve, 1990) 346 pp. • Reviewed: G. Ingels, The Jurist 54 (1994) 341-342.



  D) Lex Ecclesiae Fundamentalis


L. Örsy, "The creative role of constitutional law in the Church" Studia Canonica 2 (1968) 307-324.


CLSA, “Towards constitutional development within the Church” The Jurist 28 (1968) 55-69.


L. Őrsy, “The problem of constitutional law in the Church” The Jurist 29 (1969) 29-56.


W. La Due, et al., “A general analysis of the proposed Schema on the Lex FundamentalisCLSA Proceedings 32 (1970) 29-46; ibid, “A general analysis of the proposed Schema of the Lex FundamentalisThe Jurist 31 (1971) 342-360.


W. La Due, et al., “A critique of the revised schema on the Lex FundamentalisCLSA Proceedings 33 (1971) 65-77.


W. La Due, et al., “[Informal discussion of the] Lex FundamentalisThe Jurist 31 (1971) 360-362.


P. O'Hearn, "The Lex Ecclesiae Fundamentalis from a common law view point" Studia Canonica 5 (1971) 193-211.


W. La Due, “A written constitution for the Church?” The Jurist 32 (1972) 1-13.


C. Lefebvre, " La loi fondamentale" L'Année Canonique 19 (1975) 90-94.


C. Lefebvre, " La loi fondamentale" L'Année Canonique 20 (1976) 137-140.


P. Fedele, ed., Lex Ecclesiae Fundamentalis: Studia et Documenta Iuris Canonici (Catholic Book Agency, 1974) 131 pp. • Reviewed: J. Provost, The Jurist 36 (1976) 457-458.


A.-M. Gauthier, "The progress of the Lex Ecclesiae Fundamentalis" Studia Canonica 12 (1978) 377-388.


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