The COINAGE HISTORY OF THE TERM “ECCLESIA PARTICULARIS SEU RITUS”

IN ORIENTALIUM ECCLESIARUM LEADING TO “ECCLESIA SUI IRUIS” IN CCEO

  • Sebastian Vaniyapurackal Curia Bishop, Syro Malabar Archiepiscopal Church
Keywords: Church sui iuris, particular Churches, Iter of the Decree Orientalium Ecclesiarum

Abstract

The author analyses various texts that are used to refer to the Oriental Churches and expopses how the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches finally resolved the issue by preferring a term or expression that is in vigour currently. He manifests how up to Vatican II and even in the documents of Vatican Council II, the Eastern churches were referred to with a confusive term. With the promulgation of the Eastern Code, finally, such confusion is removed and brought clarity as to what an Oriental Church is and what are its salient characteristic features

Author Biography

Sebastian Vaniyapurackal, Curia Bishop, Syro Malabar Archiepiscopal Church

Sebastian Vaniyapurackal, born in 1967 at Mulankunnu, Kerala, was ordained priest on December 30, 1992 for the eparchy of Kanjirapally. After his licentiate and doctorate in Oriental Canon Law (2005), Holy CrossUniversity Rome, he served the eparchy as Vicar of several parishes and as judge and judicial vicar of the matrimonial tribunal of the eparchy (20062014). He was, then, appointed the defender of the bond of the Major Archiepiscopal Ordinary Tribunal of the Syro Malabar Church (2012 - 2014) and is now rendering service as the vice-chancellor of the Syro Malabar Archiepiscopal Church (2014 - ).

Published
2020-08-02