A study of the Oriental Code of Canon Law and how it safeguards the proprius vultus of every Oriental Church sui iuris. The unitas and the varietas within the one Church of Christ as vital and guiding themes in the Oriental Code of Canon Law, especially as seen in the relationship between ius commune and ius particulare. The concepts of ius commune and ius particulare in the Oriental and Latin Codes of Canon Law. The principle of sussidiarietà and its importance. The mens legislatoris concerning particular law in the apostolic constitution Sacri Canones. The legislative authority in every Church sui iris and the importance of the phrase “a legislatore inferiore lex iuri superiori contraria valide ferri non potest.” The criteria of classification of particular law. The rapport between ius particulare and ius magis particulare. Various precautions, particular situations and applications in Churches sui iris.
To develop the ability to critically analyze and evaluate if the particular laws of Churches sui iuris are formulated with respect to the Oriental Code of Canon Law and their respective ecclesial tradition, as well as an openness to organic development.
M.I. Cristescu, “Unitas” and “Varietas Ecclesiarum”: a vital and resplendent force, safeguarded in CCEO by the relation “ius commune – ius particulare”, in Kanon 19 (2006) 160-207;
C. De Clercq, Decreta viginti synodorum eparchialium orientalium catholicorum, Romæ 1970;
S. Marinčak (ed.), Diritto particolare nel sistema del CCEO: Aspetti teoretici e produzione normativa delle Chiese orientali cattoliche, Košice 2007;
A. Mina, Sviluppo del diritto particolare delle Chiese “sui iuris”, in Ius Ecclesiarum vehiculum caritatis, Vaticano 2004, 535-553.