TSC 521 Tribunals for Religious Order Controversies

Faculty: Rev. Jude Onogbosele, J.C.D. (Profile)


In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon 1427 §3 mandates that “the diocesan tribunal judges in first instance” certain kinds of controversies involving Religious. The Second Vatican Council and the 1983 Code of Canon Law treat Religious Orders both as one with the People of God, and also as separate institutions in the Church. Conflicts are to be resolved by different tribunals. The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to understand Religious Order renewal in the present Code of Canon Law to determine which controversies can be legitimately presented to the diocesan tribunal.

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