Law, Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical Legislation

  1. Canons of the Particular Law of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, English translation by Rev. Andrei Kachur (2006). Available in PDF format on this page of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg.
  2. Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Pope John Paul II through the Constitution Sacrae disciplinae leges, January 25, 1983. Available at the Holy See (which text incorporates the 1998 amendments, according to Wikipedia), Our Lady’s Warriors, and JGray.org. According to Wikipedia, the English translation by the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, assisted by the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Canadian Canon Law Society is available at IntraText.
  3. Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches (or the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches), promulgated by Pope John Paul II on October 18, 1990. Available in English at JGray.org and at IntraText. [N.B., Wikipedia states that the translation at IntraText is defective.]
  4. Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium, promulgated by Pope John Paul II on October 18, 1990. Latin text available at the Holy See and at IntraText.
  5. Codex Iuris Canonici (Latin), promulgated by Pope John Paul II through the Constitution Sacrae disciplinae leges, January 25, 1983. Available at the Holy See.
  6. Decree of Approval of Some Theses Contained in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas and Proposed to the Teachers of Philosophy, by the Sacred Congregation of Studies, translated from Latin by Hugh McDonald. Latin-English text available on this page of the home page of Hugh McDonald.
  7. Decree on the Reform of Ecclesiastical Studies of Philosophy, by the Congregation for Catholic Education (2011). Available at the website of the Holy See, with excerpt and link on Rorate Coeli.
  8. Dignitas Connubii: Instruction to be Observed by Diocesan and Interdiocesan Tribunals in Handling Causes of the Nullity of Marriage, by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, January 25, 2005. Available at the Holy See and JGray.org.
  9. Directory on the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Lancaster, by Bishop Michael Campbell, OSA (CathCom, 2010). Available in PDF format (on this page) of CathCom.
  10. Doctoris Angelici: Motu Proprio for Italy and the adjacent islands, to encourage the study of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Catholic Schools, by Pope St. Pius X (1914). Available at The Summa.info
  11. Documents of the Second Vatican Council: Constitutions, Decrees, and Declarations. Available at the Holy See, the EWTN Library, the Catholic Information Network, and St Josef. Christus Rex likewise contains the documents and addresses of the Council, including the addresses of Pope Blessed John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, together with a summary of the Council’s work.
  12. Ex Corde Ecclesiae: Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, by Pope Blessed John Paul II (15 August 1990). Available at the Holy See.
  13. General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Including Adaptations for the Dioceses of the United States of America), by the Congregation for Divine Worship. Available at the Holy See. and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  14. Guidelines for Admission to the Eucharist between the Chaldean Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, July 20, 2001. Available at the Holy See.
  15. Misericordia Dei: Apostolic Letter in the Form of Motu Proprio on Certain  Aspects of the Celebration of the Sacrament Of Penance, by Pope Blessed John Paul II  (7 April 2002). Available at the Holy See.
  16. Musicam Sacram: Instruction on Sacred Music in the Liturgy, by the Sacred Congregation of Rites (March 5, 1967). May be read online at the Catholic Liturgical Library.
  17. National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2003), promulgated 26 December 2009 (Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005). Includes the Secondary Documents Basic Standards for Readiness and Visit of Consultation Teams to Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Progams. Available in PDF format at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  18. Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations, by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (25 February 1978). Available at the Holy See and Catholic Culture. The Preface for its 2011 publication, by the Prefect of the Congregation (14 December 2011), is available at the Holy See and Catholic Culture. The Norms and the Preface are published together at EWTN Library and News.Va.
  19. Omnium in Mentem: Apostolic Letter “Motu Proprio” on Several Amendments to the Code of Canon Law, by Pope Benedict XVI, October 26, 2009. Available at the Holy See.
  20. Opera Artis: Circular Letter on the Care of the Church’s Historical and Artistic Heritage, by the Congregation for the Clergy (April 11, 1971). May be read online at Adoremus and the Catholic Liturgical Library. May be downloaded in DOC format from this page of the Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild.
  21. Pastor Bonus, Apostolic Constitution by Blessed John Paul II, June 28, 1988. English translation by Francis C.C.F. Kelly, James H. Provost, and Michel Thériault, as revised by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Secretariat of State, and Michel Thériault (1998). May be read online at the Holy See: in separate pages, and in a single page. [N.B., This issuance provides norms governing the Roman Curia.]
  22. Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity on Assuming an Office to be Exercised in the Name of the Church, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  May be read online at the EWTN Library. The Doctrinal Commentary by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Concluding Formula of the Professio Fidei may be read online at EWTN Library,
  23. Quaerit Semper: Apostolic Letter in the Form of ‘Motu Proprio’, by Pope Benedict XVI (August 30, 2011). Available at the Holy See, which states that with this document, “the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus is amended and certain competences transferred from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the new Office set up at the Tribunal of the Roman Rota for processes of dispensation from ratified and non-consummated marriage and for cases concerning the nullity of sacred ordination.”
  24. Redemptionis Sacramentum, Instruction on certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist, by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (2004). Available at EWTN Library.
  25. Sacri Canones: Apostolic Constitution, by Pope John Paul II, October 18, 1990. Available at Internet Archive (Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0), which states: “The Apostolic Constitution “Sacri Canones”, issued October 18, 1990 by Pope John Paul II as he promulgated the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO), the canon law in force for Eastern Catholics… Also included is an English translation of the Latin preface to the Eastern Code of Canons”.

Commentaries and Essays

  1. A Commentary on the New Code of the Canon Law (all volumes), by Dom Charles Augustine Bachofen, O.S.B., D.D. (St. Louis, Mo., London, B. Herder Book Co., 1918). With an introduction by Cardinal Gasquet on Vol III. Available at Internet Archive (Book contributor: Google & University of Wisconsin), which states: “This is a commentary of the 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law. For each canon it contains the Latin original, sometimes followed by an English translation, and finally Dom Augustine’s detailed commentary.”
  2. A Dictionary of Canon Law, 2nd revised edition, by the Rev. P. Trudel (St. Louis, Mo.; London: B. Herder Book Co., 1919) With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  3. Elements of Ecclesiastical Law, Volume I: On Ecclesiastical Persons. Compiled with reference to the Syllabus, the “Const. Apostolicae sedis” of Pope Pius IX, the Council of the Vatican and the latest decisions of the Roman congregations. Adapted especially to the discipline of the church in the United States, by Rev. S. B. Smith. (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Einsiedeln: Benziger Brothers, 1878). Fourth revised edition. With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. The 9th edition (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1895) with Imprimatur is available at Internet Archive.
  4. Elements of Ecclesiastical Law, Volume II: Ecclesiastical Trials. Compiled with reference to the Syllabus, the “Const. Apostolicae sedis” of Pope Pius IX, the Council of the Vatican and the latest decisions of the Roman congregations. Adapted especially to the discipline of the church in the United States, by Rev. S. B. Smith. (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Einsiedeln: Benziger Brothers, 1882). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive. Internet Archive (2nd copy), Internet Archive (3rd copy), Open Library, Open Library (2nd copy).
  5. Elements of Ecclesiastical Law, Volume III: Ecclesiastical Punishments. Compiled with reference to the Syllabus, the “Const. Apostolicae sedis” of Pope Pius IX, the Council of the Vatican and the latest decisions of the Roman congregations. Adapted especially to the discipline of the church in the United States, according to the recent instruction “Cum Magnopere,” and the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, by Rev. S. B. Smith. (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Einsiedeln: Benziger Brothers, 1895). Second revised edition. With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive. The 3rd edition is available at Internet Archive.
  6. An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching, by George Augustine Thomas O’Brien (London, New York [etc.] Longmans, Green, and co., 1920). Available in various formats at Internet Archive, Open Library, and Project Gutenberg. Another edition (Kitchener, Ontario: Batoche Books, 2001) is available in PDF format at the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Economics Society.
  7. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church, by E. Vacandard, translated from the Second Edition by Bertrand L. Conway, C.S.P. New Edition (New York, London, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1915). With Imprimatur. Available at ManyBooks.net and Project Gutenberg.
  8. The Law of Christian Marriage According to the Teaching and Discipline of the Catholic Church, by Arthur Devine (London: Washbourne, 1908). With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  9. “Malankara Catholic Church sui iuris: Juridical Status and Power of Governance”, (Article) by Fr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath”.  Available at Scribd.com, which states “This article was originally published in www.malankara.net and Christian Orient XXI/I, pp. 41-48 in 1998, prior to the elevation of the Malankara Catholic Church as a Major Archiepiscopal Church (10th Feb. 2005).”
  10. Salvific Character of Law: An Historical Overview, A Doctoral Study by Dr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath. 213 pages. [This is a study of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches in relation to its role in the redemptive mission of Christ.] Available in PDF format at Internet Archive.

2 thoughts on “Law, Ecclesiastical”

  1. Thomas Kuzhinapurath said:

    Please add also the following link: http://archive.org/details/SalvificLaw
    The author of the book Salvific Law is Dr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath

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