JA007 – Theology of Law


Course Information

Professor: Sunny Thomas Kokkaravalayil, SJ kokkarasy@gmail.com

Program: Gio. I-II, 1° sem., 2 cr., 3 ECTS


Introduction: A new discipline.


  • Law in the light of Christian revelation
  • Law in the Old and New Testaments
  • Covenant as a biblical foundation of the law
  • The Holy Scriptures as the foundation of law
  • Divine Law
  • The various dimensions of law in the Church
  • The function of law
  • Values and law
  • The different schools of legal theology
  • Common Law and particular law
  • The five principles in legislation and law enforcement: inculturation, autonomy, reception, subsidiarity, oikonomia


Understanding various dimensions of law in the light of Christian revelation


L. Örsy, Towards a Theological Conception of Canon Law, in The Jurist 24 (1964) 383-392;


Id., Theology and Canon Law: New Horizons for Legislation and Interpretation, Collegeville 1992;


A. Spreafico, Giustizia e misericordia. Un contributo a partire dall’Antico Testamento, in J.J. Conn & L. Sabbarese (ed.), Iustitia in caritate, Vaticano 2005, 105-112;


G. Ghirlanda, Fondamenti teologici del diritto ecclesiale, ibid., 113-122;


A. Neri, Sapere giuridico ed esperienza di fede. Lezioni introduttive al diritto canonico, Lugano 2007;


D. Composta, La Chiesa visibile: lezioni di teologia del diritto, Roma 1976;


Id., La Chiesa visibile: la realtà teologica del diritto ecclesiale, Roma 1985.