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John Renken

John A. Renken is full professor and dean of the Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.  Previously, he had taught in the canon law program at The Catholic University of America for 18 years.  

john_renken_headshot 02John Renken holds a doctorate in sacred theology, a doctorate in canon law, and a master degree in civil law.  He has been member of the board of governors and president of the Canon Law Society of America and a consultant to Canonical Affairs Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  His areas of canon law teaching and expertise are: synodality, temporal goods, diocesan structures, marriage, and penal law (especially clergy sexual abuse).  He has authored several books and multiple articles on canon law, and he lectures widely throughout the world.

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