Universität Wien

010097 SE Did Christianity shape law in Europe? (2021S)

A Walk through the History and Sources of Canon law

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Die Lehrveranstaltung erfolgt in deutscher Sprache.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update (19.01.2021):
Diese Lehrveranstaltung findet bis zumindest Mitte April 2021 ausschließlich digital synchron via moodle statt. Sollte sich am gegenwärtigen Planungsstand etwas ändern, finden Studierende aktualisierte Informationen hier.

UPDATE 13. 04.
Aufgrund der anhaltenden Pandemie findet das gesamte Seminar digital statt.

Wednesday 05.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 12.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 19.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 26.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 02.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 09.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Wednesday 16.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Wednesday 23.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Wednesday 30.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Gospel and the law tell mankind how we should live as a Christian. With Gratian's Decretum in the 12th century an important clarification of canon law was achieved. The emergence of a right in the church is the expression of organised community life, the life of the visible church, which is intimately connected with the truths of the faith, even extending into the faith itself. Forms of life and destinies of the church, such as internal and external forms of organisation, discipline, public worship, difficulties and struggles and divisions, signs of decay and reform movements, are an essential part of the reflection of our seminar. The strong legal component in these phenomena requires knowledge and understanding of the law and the legal development of the church. But the church's relations with the environment (political institutions, social coexistence) are also important, since one need only take a look at the collections of church norms to be convinced of the wide area of influence of the church's law. For Christianity has shaped law in Europe in many ways.
On the one hand, the commandment to love one's neighbour and the prohibition of violence have found expression, but on the other hand the certainty of faith and religious intolerance have also left clear traces. With regard to the subject areas - which are also occasionally addressed in the course of the seminar - this influence is evident in all its ambivalence in the discussion of the concept of law and in the determination of the relationship between law and freedom or law and grace; in European constitutional history in the field of tension between imperium and sacerdotium; in the concept of office and administrative procedure; in the foundation of international law in Europe; in the law of persons in the development of the concept of person and the formation of the legal person; in the comprehensive organisation of marriage and family; in the influence on the concept of property and contract law; in the fundamental discourses on guilt and atonement in criminal law; in the administration of justice in procedural law...
The aim of the seminar in the history of canon law is to open up to knowledge and understanding the long path which has led the ecclesiastical legal system from its origins (ius antiquum), through the idea of the unitary organism in the classical period of canon law (ius novum), through the Council of Trent (ius novissimum), to the first codification in the CIC in 1917 and more recently to the CIC in 1983 and CCEO in 1990 (ius Codicis), in a constant and uninterrupted dialogue with secular rights. Three subject areas will accompany us in this process, also with regard to the influence of Canon law on European legal culture: the history of sources and collections of laws, the history of canonical science, the history of individual legal institutions (papacy, papal diplomacy, Council, bishop, clergy, religious and laity).

Assessment and permitted materials

Regelmäßige Teilnahme (entschuldigtes Fehlen bis zu einer Doppeleinheit ist möglich); regelmäßige Mitarbeit; soweit möglich Übernahme eines Referats samt Präsentation und diskussionsleitenden Fragen; Seminararbeit - Abgabetermin für die Seminararbeit ist der 30.9.2021.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Mitarbeit: 25 %
Referat, Handout und Diskussionsleitung: 25 %
Seminararbeit: 50 %
Jeder einzelne Punkt muss positiv beurteilt sein. Für die Seminararbeit gelten die formalen Anforderungen des Instituts für Kirchenrecht und Religionsrecht. Abgabetermin für die Seminararbeit ist der 30.9.2021.

Examination topics

Reading list

Aymans – Mörsdorf – Müller, Kanonisches Recht. Lehrbuch aufgrund des Codex Iuris Canonici. Band IV: Vermögensrecht, Sanktionsrecht und Prozessrecht, Paderborn u.a. 2013, §§ 188-228

Müller, Ludger, Das kirchliche Ehenichtigkeitsverfahren nach der Reform von 2015, Paderborn 2017

Althaus, Rüdiger / Prader, Josef / Reinhardt, Heinrich J. F:, Das Kirchliche Eherecht in der seelsorgerischen Praxis : Orientierungshilfen für die Ehevorbereitung und Krisenberatung ; Hinweise auf die Rechtsordnungen der Ostkirchen und auf das islamische Eherecht. 5. überarb. und Aktualisierte Aufl., Essen 2014.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM

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