Legal sanctions in the law of the Polish diocesan synods Cover Image

Sankcje karne w uchwałach polskich synodów diecezjalnych
Legal sanctions in the law of the Polish diocesan synods

Author(s): Marek Saj
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law, Criminology, Canon Law / Church Law
Published by: Warszawska Prowincja Redemptorystów
Keywords: legal sanctions; delict; crime; synods; Code of Canon Law;

Summary/Abstract: The Code of Canon Law 1983 in the Book VI regulates the issue of legal sanctions in the Church (can. 1311–1399). We find there a catalog of crimes and sanctions for them. This is the law addressed to the whole universal Church. However, particular branches can establish their own law on the matter, through the process of specifying the universal norms. The process of specification of norms takes into consideration detailed circumstances of each particular diocese or region. The crucial role is played with regard to this matter by the diocesan synod, which is the assemble of the chosen priests and other faithful of the particular Church. They serve, with the intention of goodness of the entire diocesan community, as the support for the diocesan bishop in conducting his legal duties. Hence, the research on acts of the Polish diocesan synods that had taken place after the promulgation of the actual Code of Canon Law, with a view of the aforementioned circumstances of the criminal law, allowed to observe the place of the criminal law in the law of the particular Church. Especially, with regard to delicts to which particular synods had turned their attention.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 329-347
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish
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