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002.183
Ministerium Iustitiae
Vol. II
The Lex propria and More Recent Contentious-Administrative Jurisprudence of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura


Author(s): Daniel, William L. (Translated and compiled by)
Editor: Wilson & Lafleur
Year: 2021
Pages: 780
Binding: Rigide
ISBN: 978-2-924974-08-7
Price : 74,95 $ CAD
Type: Papier

Table Of Contents  

Product Description

The year 2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of Pope St. Paul VI’s institution of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura’s Sectio altera. This brought to a certain fulfillment the Church’s aspiration that members of the faithful aggrieved by administrative authorities enjoy the right to defend themselves against the unjust exercise of the power of governance. This foundational normative provision has promoted and continues to promote good governance at all levels the Church, in different ways. It is therefore worthy of recognition by dedicating a whole volume of the Apostolic Signatura’s jurisprudence to contentious-administrative causes. This has been made possible because of the Dicastery’s efforts, over the last fifteen or twenty years, to promote knowledge of this jurisprudence, especially by widely authorizing its publication.

One beholds in these pages a superior example of technical precision and judicial restraint. For the Second Section of the Supreme Tribunal displays for the Church the model of the just judge in the ecclesial society. It demonstrates how it is not for the judge to innovate but to interpret and apply the law. It is not for the judge to show mercy to one party while violating the other’s rights, but to give to each what is his due. This norm of justice in the Second Section’s activity is based on the dignity and necessity of the administrative function, which is carried out largely by those with the care of souls. Local authorities are in the position of wisely and benevolently attending to the souls in their care, but they must do so in accord with the sacred discipline of the Church. When they do not, and when this defect is prolonged or even exacerbated by a dicastery of the Roman Curia, the last recourse is to be made to this just judge, the Second Section, which neither encroaches upon the public administration nor dispenses it from the norm of law, and which neither favors the individual member of the faithful nor ignores his pleas for justice against an ecclesiastical authority of any dignity below the Supreme Pontiff.

The Translator

William L. Daniel is an Associate Professor in the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Editor of the Faculty’s journal, The Jurist. As was announced on 21 June 2021, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed him as a Referendary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Apart from Latin translation, his area of concentration is canonical procedural law. He and his wife have been blessed with seven children.


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