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What is Canon Law?

Canon law is the law which governs the Catholic Church.  Pope John Paul II promulgated the Code of Canon Law (for the Latin Catholic Church) in 1983, and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (for the several Eastern Catholic Churches) in 1990. These books provide general norms to govern the world-wide Catholic Church.  The program between Saint Paul University (SPU) and BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education provides a thorough understanding of the 1983 Latin Code, and presents the fundamentals of the 1990 Eastern Code.

In 2002, the Holy See promulgated new norms for the teaching of canon law. These required a complete revision and expansion of the programs offered at SPU, effective 2004–2005. The programs and description of courses at SPU reflect the application of the new norms.

Why study canon law at Saint Paul University?


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