| Year 2009 Canonical Studies
1. Cardinal Topo, Inaugural
Address (Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo)
Your Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracious,
Dear Bishop Binay, the President and Office-bearers of the Canon Law Society of
Reverend Fathers, Sisters and friends,
I am extremely delighted to welcome you all to Ranchi! It is a great privilege to
have you all here! Let me sincerely thank you for choosing Ranchi as the venue for
this 23rd Annual Conference of the Canon Law Society of India. ......
2. The oil of mercy in
the lamp of our lives (Fr. Alex Vadakumthala)
The Ranchi Conference of the Canon Law Society of India, held during the Year of
Priests, had a very relevant theme: `The Sacraments, other than Marriage’. Though
it was a mere coincidence or, more a providence, it did help the participants to
reflect once again on the meaning of the Sacraments in the life of the Church and
in the lives of priests as the ministers, as well as the beneficiaries of the Sacraments.......
3. Redemptionis Sacramentum
and its implication for the celebration of the sacrament of Eucharist
(Fr. S. Antony Samy)
The Church founded by Jesus Christ as a sacrament of salvation to proclaim the Good
news to all the creatures in the world till the end of time (Mt. 28:19), continually
lives and grows by the blessed Eucharist. Born of the Paschal mystery, the Church
makes centre of its life the Eucharist, a sacrament of the paschal mystery in an
outstanding way. To the Church Eucharist is a gift par excellence from Christ, her
Lord – it is the gift of himself as well as the gift of his saving work. Eucharist
is the sacrifice of the cross perpetrated down the ages.......
4. SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
(Fr. David Bara)
The Sacrament of Penance, one of the seven sacraments, is instituted by Christ.
Its biblical foundations are found in Hb. 29:23 and Mt. 16-19, whereupon the powers
of keys are given to the apostles. In order to understand the present legislation,
it is appropriate to go down in history and trace the development of the practice
of the sacrament........
5. SACRAMENTAL WORSHIP
AND BAPTIZED NON-CATHOLICS (Jos De cuyper S.J)
In this paper I deal chiefly with what was formerly called Communication in Sacris.
Previous to Vatican Council II the approach in the field of ecumenical sharing was
very negative, to the extent of forbidding all sharing in the worship of other Christian
Churches and denominations. Subsequent to the Decree on Ecumenism, this attitude
has been inverted into one that is very positive........
6. SACRED ORDINATION (Fr.
The word ‘order’ in Roman antiquity designated an established civil body, especially
a governing body. Ordination means incorporation into an ordo. Since ancient times,
tradition has named certain established bodies in the Church. They were called taxies
or ordines. And so the liturgy speaks of the ordo episcoporum, ordo presbterorum
and ordo diaconorum. Other groups also receive the name of ordo: catechumens, virgins,
spouses, widows, etc........
7. SAME REALITY, DIFFERENT
APPEARANCES (Mathew Kochupurackal)
Codex luris Canonici (CIC)1 and Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium (CCEO)2 are
the two codes that regulate the life of the Catholic Church today. Both were promulgated
by the same legislator, and they express the one and the same faith in different
ecclesiastical discipline. Such unity and diversity have always existed in the Church.
Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Constitution promulgating CCEO stated.......
8. The Concept Eucharist
in Oriental Code (Rev. Dr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath)
It is the Eucharist that makes the Church the living body of Christ. This understanding
of the Holy Eucharist has evolved through a very long history of the Church. At
one time the Church condemned those who were not in communion with the Eucharist.
The tenth canon of the Council of Trent was originally drawn up in the following
words, “If any one shall say, that faith alone is sufficient preparation for receiving
the most excellent sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, let him be anathema..........