JP013 – Penal Law – Titles XXVII and XXVIII


Course Information

Professor: Michael J. Kuchera, SJ

Schedule: Wed. I-II, 2nd sem., 2 cr., 3 ECTS


I. Title XXVII (De sanctionibus poenalibus in Ecclesia):


  • Patristic theological bases of penal law.
  • The notion of offence (delictus).
  • The notion of penalty and its various types.
  • The persons with authority to establish, apply, and remit canonical penalties.
  • Offences considered by the law in force.


II. Title XXVIII (De procedura in poenis irrogandis):


  • Sollicitudinem nostram, can. 265, § 1.
  • Sacramentum sanctitatis defence.
  • The penal trial.
  • The prior investigation.
  • The development of the penal trial.
  • Action for reparation for damages.
  • Imposition of penalties by extra-judicial decree.


By studying canons 1401-1467 and 1468-1487 of the CCEO the course shows how to develop a juridical mentality based on sound judgement.


F. Coccopalmerio, Natura ecclesialis sacramenti Poenitentiæ et actualis recognitio iuris poenalis, in Periodica de re morali, canonica, liturgica 63 (1974) 223-230;


C.G. Fürst, Diritto penale e carità, in Ius Ecclesiarum vehiculum caritatis, Vaticano 2004, 516-534;


T.J. Green, Penal Law in the “Code of Canon Law” and in the “Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches”, in Studia Canonica 28 (1994) 407-451;


S. Mudryj, Lo schema dei canoni riguardanti le sanzioni penali nelle Chiese orientali cattoliche, in Nuntia 4 (1977) 72-96.