RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE, CANON LAW AND CIVIL LAW

PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS

  • Paul pallath Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Rome
Keywords: pact, autonomy, independence, marriage, temporal goods, penal law, government, Holy See, Vatican, Treaty, concordat, harmony, citizens, political, canon law, co-operation

Abstract

First of all the author examines the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and the Italian State which constitutes the foundation for the relationship between the Catholic Church and the State even in modern times. Then an overview of the teaching of Vatican II on the autonomy and independence of the Church and civil society in their respective fields is presented, indicating the possibility and manner of observing canon law in democratic, theocratic, confessional, secular, atheistic or totalitarian states. After attempting a compendium of the canons on the theme, the final sections are dedicated to highlight the principles and directives provided by the Codes of canon law regarding the relationship between canon law and civil law, followed by the exemplification of three particular themes: marriage, temporal goods of the Church and penal law.

Author Biography

Paul pallath, Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Rome

Prof. Paul Pallath holds doctorate in Eastern canon law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome and in Latin canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University. From 1995 to 2011 he rendered service as an official of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and then for two years as an official of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. At present he is a Relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, an associate professor at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, a consultor at the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, a member of the special commission for the Liturgy at the same Congregation and a commissioner at the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. He has published 22 books and many articles, which deal with canonical themes or the history, liturgy and spiritual heritage of the St Thomas Christians in India

Published
2020-08-02