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Master Page on the Pio-Benedictine Code of 1917


Overview

 

 

 

The Pio-Benedictine Code of 1917 was the first integrated code of canon law in the Roman Catholic Church. Promulgated by Pope Benedict XV on 27 May 1917 and taking full force on Pentecost 1918 (19 May), the 1917 Code replaced the Quinque Libri Decretalium (1234) of Pope Gregory IX that had governed the faith life of Roman Catholic Christians around the world for several centuries. The 1917 Code was abrogated on 26 November 1983 when the Johanno-Pauline Code of 1983 took effect.

 


Editio Typica (official text)

Codex Iuris Canonici Pii X Pontificis Maximi, iussu digestus, Benedicti Papae XV, auctoritate promulgatus, as amended, Acta Apostolicae Sedis 9/2 (1917) 11-521. Original version in Google digitized format here (including footnotes and supporting documentation) and in dispositive text (canons only) here. Numerous monographic printings of the 1917 Code by a variety of publishers appeared over the decades. All of them are textually reliable.

 


Translations

Ten resources needed to study the 1917 Code of Canon Law in English, here.

Translations for use in studying the Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law, here.

No translations of the 1917 Code were authorized during its 65-year enforcement period. Nevertheless, two complete Spanish translations appeared as part of commentaries thereon, and large parts of the Code appeared in other languages within commentaries thereon, including an English rendering of nearly all of the 1917 Code in Woywod's Practical Commentary, reprinted variously.

 

Today the most common English translation of the 1917 Code is: Edward Peters, The 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation with Extensive Scholarly Apparatus (Ignatius Press, 2001). Order it here. This text, in addition to offering a translation of the complete Pio-Benedictine Code and all supporting documents promulgated with it, references all appearances of a given canon in the pages of the Canon Law Digest and offers citations to all English-language canonical doctoral dissertations on a given canon or block of canons.

 

Peters translation

of the 1917 Code

 

 


 

 

Indexes for the 1917 Code: Monographic printings of the Pio-Benedictine Code have an unofficial topical "Index Analytico-Alphabeticus" developed by Gasparri. A detailed index by word is also available: Acturus Laver, Index Verborum Codicis Iuris Canonici (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1941) 936 pp.  Review: S. Kuttner, Jurist 3 (1943) 270-279.

 


For a light-hearted, but very thorough, explanation of how to read Pio-Benedictine footnotes and use Gasparri's Fontes, go here.

Footnotes to the 1917 Code: The footnotes to the 1917 Code are of great value in understanding and applying Pio- Benedictine law. Making use of these footnotes, however, requires, first, knowing how to read them and, second, having access to the materials referenced therein, especially P. Gasparri & J. Serédi, eds., Codicis Iuris Canonici Fontes, in 9 vols., (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1923-1949).

 

 

Gasparri's Fontes Codicis Iuris Canonici


Pietro Cdl.Gasparri

 Architect of the Pio-Benedictine Code

(1852-1934)

 

 I assure you that during the whole year I would take not one day of vacation, except for Easter Sunday, which was always made up for the following Monday.

 

See also

 

G. Osterlé,

"Gasparri (Pierre)",

DDC V: 939

 

W. Peters,

"Gasparri, Pietro"

NCE2 VI: 103-104

 

Resources on the Pontifical Commission

for the Codification of Canon Law (1904-1917)

Proto-Codifications and Legislative History of the 1917 Code

 

At the First Vatican Council (1869-1870), the assembled Fathers called for relief from the plethora of laws under which they were expected to carry out ministry, whereupon the Church began seriously to consider the possibility of codifying her canon law roughly along the lines of the European experiments in civil codification then underway. While that ecclesiastical undertaking had to await the coincidence of a pastoral pope such as Pius X and a canonical genius such as Gasparri, concrete proposals for a code of canon law began to appear in academe. Perhaps the most sophisticated of these was that of Henrico Pezzani (b. 1856), Codex Sanctae Catholicae Romanae Ecclesiae cum Notis, in 3 vols. (Berardi, 1893-1896), although Pezzani's was just one of several models for the eventual project undertaken by Gasparri. See similar efforts by de Luise (1873), Pillet (1890), Russo (1904), and Collomiati (1898-1907). Florent Deshayes,  Memento Juris Ecclesiastici (1894/1897) although grouped with the above, was more of a manual on canon law, though much of it would lend itself to use in a code.

 

A translation of a brief letter sent by then-Abp. Gasparri to faculties of canon law in 1904, requesting their suggestions toward the codification of canon law, along with some brief commentary on the letter, is available here.

 

Gasparri outlined the history of the codification process in his Prefatio [ad Codicis Iuris Canonici editionem], available in all monograph printings of the 1917 Code, English trans., Preface [to the 1917 Code]in my 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation  1-19, esp. 10-19. See also:

  • A. Stickler, De efformatione Codicis iuris canonici, in Alphonse Stickler (Austrian prelate, 1910-2007), Historia Iuris Canonici Latini (Taurinorum, 1950) 376-384, drawing on Cdl. Gasparri’s informal but fascinating reminisces offered in his “Storia della Codificazione del diritto canonico per la Chiesa latina”, in Acta Congressus Juridici Internationalis Romae [1934], in 5 vols., (Pont. Instituti Utriusque Iuris, 1935-1937) IV: 1-10.

  • Stephan Kuttner, Il Codice di diritto canonica nella storia, Apollinaris 40 (1967) 9-27, Eng. trans., "The Code of canon law in historical perspective", The Jurist 28 (1968) 129-148. • Fascinating talk that describes the mechanics of Gasparri's Herculean efforts and the impact of codification on Church's legal tradition; good remarks on the sacredness of canons, calls for greater use of common law insights in canon law.

  • Constant Van de Wiel, History of Canon Law (Peeters/Eerdmans, 1991) 165-174. Order it here.

Drafts of what would actually become the 1917 Code were published, but were not widely circulated, coming.

 


Structure of the 1917 Code

 

When referring to a "§" of a canon, I prefer the English word "section" to "paragraph" but either term works.

 

There is some evidence that Gasparri considered a closer modeling of the projected Code on Decretal law, especially in regard to its use of "titles". See his letter Perlegisiti, translated and commented upon here.

Fundamentally, the 1917 Code consists of 2,414 canons, many of which were subdivided into two or more "paragraphs" (§) and/or "numbers" (°). Canons qua canons are of equal worth in codified canon law, but various means of assessing the relative weight of canons for specific purposes are available.

 

Pio-Benedictine canons were grouped into five "books", namely, General Norms, Persons, Things, Procedures, and Delicts & Penalties. These books, too, were of equal legal value; historians will recognize the influence of the great Roman legal categories (De Personis, De Rebus, De Actionibus) in the structure of the Code. To some degree, the organization of Decretal law into books and titles is also echoed in the sometime organization of the 1917 Code under "parts", "sections", "titles", "chapters", and "articles", but these subdivisions are of no legal moment and are generally ignored.

 

Most printings of the 1917 Code provide a table of contents, key promulgating documents, a Profession of Faith (for use with many canons, e.g., c. 1406), Gasparri's famous Preface, and a topical index. Except for the topical index (which functions only in Latin of course) all of these documents are available in English.

 

Virtually all canons of the 1917 Code were supported by footnotes provided by Gasparri. These footnotes are not binding, but they are of great value in coming to understand the law. Deciphering these footnotes and tracking them through canonical sources is thoroughly explained here.

 

Several "Documenta" were promulgated as part of the 1917 Code. The reason these documents were selected for re-promulgation was never clear, and some were abrogated during the enforcement period of the Code, but there is no question but that they did constitute law in the Church.

 

Modifications

of the Law

 

 

 

Once codified law is promulgated it can be officially modified in five ways, namely, by:

  • textual correction,

  • emendation,

  • authentic interpretation,

  • authoritative application, and

  • formal instruction.

The 1917 Code required no textual corrections after publication and underwent only one textual emendation during its enforcement period. It experienced, however, numerous authentic interpretations and was subject to numerous instructions on, and official applications of, the law.

 

• Corrections

 

• Emendation

No corrections were needed for the text of the 1917 Code.

 

Pius XII, m.p. Abrogatur alterum comma (1 aug 1948), AAS 40 (1948) 305-306, Eng. trans., CLD III: 463-464, derogating from 1917 CIC 1099 § 2, by striking its clausula secunda, to wit "item ab acatholicis . . . acatholica contraxerint."

 

See also Pio Ciprotti (Italian layman, 1914-1993), Observaciones al Texto del Codex Iuris Canonici [1944], 2nd ed., (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 1950) 208 pp., for numerous suggestions toward revising the text of the 1917 Code, a project mooted by Vatican II and the subsequent complete reform of codified law.

 


• Authentic Interpretations

 

 

 

 

 

Officially binding interpretation of codified law is reserved to the Legislator or to those to whom he commits the authority to so interpret the law. 1917 CIC 17. Establishment of a pontifical interpretation commission was effected by Pope Benedict XV, m.p. Cum Iuris Canonici (15 sep 1917), AAS 9/1 (1917) 483-484, Eng. trans., CLD I: 55-57. The Code commission decided early on that it would not answer questions from private individuals, but would consider only inquiries submitted by Ordinaries, Major Superiors, and so on. See Pontificia Commissio ad Codicis Canones Authentice Interpretandos, De dubiorum solutione (9 dec 1917), AAS 10 (1918) 77, Eng. trans. CLD I: 57.

 

In the course of its 65-year enforcement period, the Pio-Benedictine Code experienced scores of authentic interpretations. There do not appear, however, to have been any authentic interpretations issued after 1952 until at least the end of the Second Vatican Council (at which point of such activity was more akin to provisional legislation in anticipation of the new Code rather than authentic interpretation of the old.)

 

The best way to determine whether a given Pio-Benedictine norm underwent authentic interpretation is to consult Sartori and Regatillo whose works eclipse all other compilations (such as Woywod's):

  • Cosmas Sartori (Italian Franciscan, 1890-1957), Enchiridion Canonicum seu Sanctae Sedis Responsiones post Editum Codicem I. C. Datae, 10th ed., rev. by B. Belluco, (Antonianum, 1961) 455 pp. Review: J. Schmidt,  The Jurist 22 (1962) 486-487.

  • Eduardo Regatillo (Spanish Jesuit, 1882-1975), Interpretatio et Iurisprudentia Codicis Iuris Canonici [1928], 3rd ed., (Sal Terrae, 1953) 719 pp.

• Official Applications

 

• Formal Instructions

 

Numerous. Consult the approved authors, Canon Law Digest, and the Peters translation of the 1917 Code, as above.

 

Numerous. Consult the approved authors, Canon Law Digest, and the Peters translation of the 1917 Code, as above.


Commentaries

Codified law in general, and canon law in particular, make considerable use of private scholarly commentary in the elucidation and application of legal norms. The weight to be accorded a given opinion depends less on who authored the opinion and more on the care and completeness with which the views are expressed. As a general rule, however, and subject to several qualifications, opinions appearing in academic monographs are the most respected, followed by opinions appearing in scholarly articles, followed by those appearing elsewhere. Each of these categories admits of sub-categorization.

 

Commentary: Pan-textual and topical commentary, dissertations, opinions, reference works

 

For insight into the meaning of Pio-Benedictine canons, most canonists turned first to one or more pan-textual commentaries on the Code and then, for additional and/or deeper insight, to one or more topical commentaries on the matter. See Pan-textual Commentaries on the 1917 Code, here, and Topical Commentaries on the 1917 Code, here.

 

An important category of canonical commentary is the formal academic treatise, i.e., the doctoral dissertation and, to a lesser degree, the licentiate thesis. For a list of canonical doctoral dissertations published in North America (i.e., Catholic University of America in Washington,  St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Université Laval, and Universidad Pontificia de México), go here. For a list of licentiate theses written from the mid-1940s to the present at CUA, go here.

 

A special category of canonical commentary is the advisory opinion or consultation. For information on Pio-Benedictine and Johanno-Pauline advisory opinions, go here.

 

A list of Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, and Reference Works on Canon Law is available here.

 

Commentary: peer-reviewed, other academic, and general audience articles

 

For further insight into the meaning of canons, to explore matters that cannot be treated adequately in the space allotted within general monographs, or to investigate other matters, most canonists turn to articles in peer-reviewed, other academic, and general but well-educated audience publications.

  • Rev. Rhode provides a list of over 40 peer-reviewed canon law journals from around the world, here. Of particular interest to English-reading canonists would be The Jurist (CUA), CLSA Proceedings, and CLSA Advisory Opinions.

  • Important articles on canon law also appear in many other academic journals. Of particular interest to English-reading canonists would be articles appearing in other academic journals such as Theological Studies, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Josephinum Journal of Theology, and so on.

  • Some useful canonical materials appear in publications aimed at more general audiences. Of particular interest to English-reading canonists would be articles appearing in, for example, Christifideles, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, America, and so on.

A qualified bibliography of canonical articles (not including monographs) covering just the first 15 years of the Pio-Benedictine Code ran over 300 pages. See Guiscardus Moschetti, Bibliographia Iuris Canonici ex Ephemerides ab a. 1918 ad 1934 (Casa Editrice Libro Italiano, 1942) 335 pp.

 


staging

 

 

Notes:

Roberti, schemata: Review: anon., Ius Pontificium 20 (1940) 60-61.

 

 

Pio-Benedictine Topical Commentary.

 

Citations to Pan-Textual Commentaries on the 1917 Code.

  • Book I General Norms

Amleto Cicognani (Italian prelate, 1883-1973), Canon Law, 2nd ed., (Newman Bookshop, 1934), esp. pp. 444-860, J. O’Hara & F. Brennan trans. of Cicognani’s Ius Canonicum (1925).

 

Gommarus Michiels (= Capuchin, 1890-1965), Normae Generales Juris Canonici [1929], 2nd ed., in 2 vols., (Desclée, 1949). Review: P. Fedele, Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 6 (1950) 103-106.

 

Alphonsus Van Hove (Belgian priest, 1872-1947) De Rescriptis (Dessain, 1936) 286 pp. On the place of Van Hove in canonistics, see R. Naz, DDC VII: 1402-1403, and C. Lefebvre, Ephemerides Iuris Canonici 3 (1947) 573-575.

 

1917 CIC 2, liturgy.

 

A short-lived attempt to codify liturgical law was John XIII, m. p. Rubricarum instructum (25 iul 1960), Acta Apostolicae Sedis 52 (1960) 593-595, and Sacra Congregation Rituum, decr. gen. quo novus rubricarum Breviarii act Missalis Romani Codex promulgatur (26 iul 1960), Acta Apostolicae Sedis 52 (1960) 596-740.

 

John Miller (American Holy Cross, 1925-) Fundamentals of the Liturgy (Fides, 1959) 531 pp. Lancelot Sheppard, The Liturgical Books (Hawthorn, 1962) 112 pp. Joachim Nabuco, Pontificalis Romani Expositio Juridico-Practica, in 3 vols., (Benziger, 1945) Joachim Nabuco, Pontificalis Romani Expositio Juridico-Practica, in 3 vols., (Benziger, 1945). Dom Augustine (Charles Bachofen, Swiss/American Benedictine, 1872-1944), Liturgical Law: a Handbook of the Roman Liturgy (Herder, 1931) 467 pp. Innocentius Wapelhorst, (American Franciscan, 1833-1890) Compendium Sacrae Liturgiae juxta Ritum Romanum [1887], 11th rev. ed. by A. Bruegge (Benziger, 1930) 641 pp.

 

1917 CIC 11. Edward Roelker (American priest, 1897-1957), Invalidating Laws (St. Anthony Guild, 1955) 197 pp. Review: J. Schmidt, The Jurist 15 (1959) 112-114.

 

1917 CIC 17. Cosmas Sartori (Italian Franciscan, 1890-1957), Enchiridion Canonicum seu Sanctae Sedis Responsiones post Editum Codicem I. C. Datae, 10th ed., rev. by B. Belluco, (Antonianum, 1961) 455 pp. Review: J. Schmidt, The Jurist 22 (1962) 486-487. Eduardo Regatillo (Spanish Jesuit, 1882-1975), Interpretatio et Iurisprudentia Codicis Iuris Canonici [1928], 3rd ed., (Sal Terrae, 1953) 719 pp.

 

  • Book II Persons

1917 CIC 459. The “concursus” was a kind of formalized examination by which priests competed with one another for appointments to office, usually pastorates. The institution, which dated to the Council of Trent, was never universally observed, and it steadily eroded during the 20th century. See generally, Abbo-Hannan, Sacred Canons II: 452-455; Woywod, Practical Comm. I: 188-189; and Dom Augustine, Commentary II: 527-533. The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on Bishops Christus Dominus 31, called for the suppression of concursus  wherever it still was observed. See John Renken in CLSA New Comm. at 693, fn. 107. The Johanno-Pauline Code makes no reference to concursus by name, but Canon 521 § 3 acknowledges “examination” as one way for bishops to assess a priest’s suitability for pastoral assignments, which exam, however, should not be “competitive”. See Gordon Read, commentary on Canon 521, in GB & I Comm. at 289.

 

  • Book III Things, Part I Sacraments

Nicholas Halligan (American Dominican, 1917-1997), The Sacraments and their Celebration (Alba House, 1986) 284 pp. Review: S. Holland, The Jurist 47 (1987) 603-605.

 

Nicholas Halligan (American Dominican, 1917-1997), The administration of the sacraments (Alba House, 1963) 585 pp.

 

Felix Cappello (Roman Jesuit, 1879-1962), Tractatus canonico-moralis de sacramentis iuxta Codicem juris canonici, in 5 vols., (Marietti, various editions and years) [herein, Cappello, De Sacramentis]. On the high regard Cappello enjoys in ecclesiastical scholarship, see e.g., Lawrence Wrenn, "In diebus illis: some canonical giants in days of yore", Studia Canonica 35 (2001) 485-514, at 512-514.

 

Eduardo Regatillo (Spanish Jesuit, 1882-1975), Ius Sacramentarium [1945], 4th ed. (Sal Terrae, 1964) 998 pp.

 

Henry Ayrinhac (American Sulpician,1867-1931), Legislation on the Sacraments in the New Code of Canon Law (Longmans/Green, 1928) 416 pp.

 

1917 CIC 911-924. Seraphinus de Angelis, De Indulgentiis: Tractatus quoad earum naturam et usum [1947], 2d ed. (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1950) 581 pp.

 

  • Book III Things, Part I Sacraments, Title VII Marriage

Joseph Bánk, Connubia Canonica (Herder, 1959) 599 pp.

 

Matthew Ramstein (Conventual, =), The Pastor and Marriage Cases [1936], 2nd ed., (Benziger, 1938) 252 pp.

 

George Joyce (English Jesuit, 1864-1943), Christian Marriage: an historical and doctrinal study (Sheed & Ward, 1933) 632 pp. Review: G. Osterle, Ius Pontificium 14 (1934) 237-238.

 

Louis Nau, Manual on the Marriage Laws of the Code of Canon Law (Pustet, 1933) 254 pp.

 

Henry Ayrinhac (American Sulpician, 1867-1931), Matrimonial Legislation in the New Code of Canon Law [=], rev. by P. Lydon in 1932, (Benziger, 1946) 397 pp.

 

Petrus Gasparri (Italian prelate, 1852-1934), Tractatus Canonicus de Matrimonio [1891] in 2 vols., 9th ed., (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1932). While this work originated under Decretal Law, it was widely regarded as the premier commentary on codified matrimonial law. On the immense authority of Gasparri, see, e.g., =.

 

Ioannis Chelodi (Italian priest, 1882-1922), Ius Matrimoniale iuxta Codicem Iuris Canonici [=], 3rd ed., (Libreria Moderna Editrice, 1921) 219 pp.

 

Joseph Petrovits, The New Church Law on Matrimony (McVey, 1921) 458 pp.

 

Adhémar Esmein (French layman, 1848-1913), Le Mariage en Droit Canonique, in 2 vols., [1891], 2nd ed. rev. by R. Génestal, (Recueil Sirey, 1929).

 

  • Book III Things, Part I Sacraments, Title VI Orders

James O'Connor (American Jesuit, 1910-1988), Dispensation from Irregularities to Holy Orders (West Baden College, 1952) 143 pp.

 

  • Book III Things, Part IV Magisterium

1917 CIC 1399. The major stages in the abolition of the “Index of Forbidden Books” can be traced in the following documents: Paul VI, m.p. Integrae servandae (7 dec 1965), Acta Apostolicae Sedis 57 (1965) 952-955, Eng. trans., (dispositive parts only) CLD VI: 358-359, renaming and redefining the competence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, notif. Post litteras apostolicas (14 iun 1966), Acta Apostolicae Sedis 58 (1966) 455, Eng. trans., CLD VI: 814-815, confirming the revocation of the “Index of Forbidden Books”; and Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, decr. Post editam (15 nov 1966), Acta Apostolicae Sedis 58 (1966) 1186, Eng. trans., CLD VI: 817-818, abrogating 1917 CIC 1399 and 2318. See also Redmund Burke, What is the Index? (Bruce, 1952) 129 pp.

 

  • Book III Things, Part VI Temporal Goods

G. Vromant (=), De Bonis Ecclesiae Temporalibus: ad usum utriusque cleri praesertim missionariorum [1933], 3rd ed., (Desclée de Brouwer, 1953) 329 pp.

 

Dorius-Maria Huot (=), Bonoroum Temporalium apud Religiones Administratio Ordinaria et Extraordinaria (Commentarium pro Religionis, 1956) 80 pp.

 

William Doheny (American Redemptorist, 1898-1982), Practical Problems in Church Finance (Bruce, 1941) 116 pp.

 

  • Book IV Procedures

Fernando Della Rocca (=), Canonical Procedure: Philosophical-Juridic Study of Book IV of the Code of Canon Law, J. Fitzgerald trans., (Bruce, 1961) 384 pp.

 

Michael Lega (Italian prelate, 1860-1935), Commentarius in Iudicia Ecclesiastica iuxta Codicem Iuris Canonici [1938] edited posthumously by V. Bartoccetti, in 3 vols., 2nd ed., (Anonima Libraria Cattolica Italiana, 1950).

 

Franciscus Roberti (Italian prelate, 1889-1977), De Processibus, in 2 vols., (Apollinaris, 1926). Review: E. Roelker, The Jurist 17 (1957) 113-114 (on the fourth edition, vol. 1 only).

 

Giovanni Pinna (1906-), Praxis Iudicialis Canonica (Officium Libri Catholici, 1952) 324 pp.

 

Damianus Lazzarato, Iurisprudentia Pontificia, (D'Auria, 1956) 1378 pp. Review: E. Roelker, The Jurist 17 (1957) 356-357.

 

Felix Cappello (Roman Jesuit, 1879-1962) Praxis Processualis ad Normam Codicis et Peculiarium Sanctae Sedis Instructionum, 2nd ed., (Marietii, 1948) 221 pp. On the place of Cappello in canonistics, see e.g., Lawrence Wrenn, "In diebus illis: Some canonical giants in days of yore", Studia Canonica 35 (2001) 485-514, at 512-514.

 

Matthaeus Conte a Coronata (Italian Capuchin, 1889-1961), Manuale Practicum Iuris Disciplinaris et Criminalis Regularium (Marietti, 1950) 279 pp.

 

Joannes Torre (=), Processus Matrimonialis (D'Auria, 1947) 374 pp. Review: E. Roelker, The Jurist 16 (1956) 331-332 (on the third edition).

 

Francis Wanenmacher (=), Canonical Evidence in Marriage Cases (Dolphin, 1935) 412 pp.

 

 

1917 CIC 1586. Archibald Stitt (American priest, 1898-1980), De Promotore iustitiae eisuque munere in curia dioecesana, (Editione Scientifica Internazionale, 1939).

 

1917 CIC 1667-1705. Stephanus Gómez (Dominican, =), De Actionibus et Exceptionibus (Copisteria Coscia, 1951) 204 pp.

 

1917 CIC 1971. J. Marquardt, The Loss of Right to Accuse a Marriage (Officium Libri Catholici, 1951) 125 pp. Review: E. Roelker, The Jurist 13 (1953) 135-136.

 

 

  • Book V Sanctions

Gommarus Michiels (= Capuchin, 1890-1965), De Delictis et Poenis Commentarius Libri V Codicis Juris Canonici, in 3 vols., (Societatis S. Joannis Evangelistae, 1961). Review: J. Schmidt, The Jurist 22 (1962) 385-386. Note: Vol. 1 is actually the second edition of a 1934 version; the project was interrupted for nearly 30 years.

 

Germanus-Joseph Pellegrini, Jus Ecclesiae Poenale, in 3 vols., (D'Auria, 1962-1967). Review: J. R. Schmidt, The Jurist 23 (1963) 127-128 (on vol. 1 only), and J. Risk, The Jurist 28 (1968) 508-509.

 

Owen Cloran (American Jesuit, 1898-1967), Previews and Practical Cases: Code of Canon Law, Book Five Delicts and Penalties (Bruce, 1951) 350 pp. Review: E. Roelker, The Jurist 11 (1951) 565-566.

 

P. Pellé (French priest, =), Le Droit Pénal de L’Église (Lethielleux, 1939) 507 pp.

 

Henry Ayrinhac (American Sulpician,1867-1931), Penal Legislation in the New Code of Canon Law [1920], rev. by P. Lydon, (Benziger, 1944) 340 pp.

 

Ioannes Chelodi (Italian priest,1882-1922), Ius Canonicum de Delictis et Poenis et de Iudiciis Criminalibus [1920], 5th ed., rev. by P. Ciprotti (Societa Anonima Tipografica, 1943) 198 pp. Earlier version: Ioannes Chelodi, Ius Poenale et Ordo Procedendi in Iudiciis Criminalibus iuxta Codicem Iuris Canonici (Tridentum, 1920) 160 pp.

 

 

  • Book V Sanctions, Part II Penalties ... Title VIII Censures

Felix Cappello (Roman Jesuit, 1879-1962), Tractatus Canonico-Moralis de Censuris iuxta Codicem Iuris Canonici , 4th ed., (Marietti, 1950) 476 pp., [herein, Cappello, De Censuris]. On the place of Cappello in canonistics, see e.g., Lawrence Wrenn, "In diebus illis: Some canonical giants in days of yore", Studia Canonica 35 (2001) 485-514, at 512-514.

 

Prosdocimi Cerato (Italian priest, d. 1957), Censurae Vigentes Ipso Facto a Codice Iuris Canonici Excerptae, 2nd ed., (Patavii, 1921) 307 pp.

 

V. Heylen, De Censuris, 4th ed., (Dessain, 1945) 246 pp.

 

1917 CIC 2331-2340. Ferrutius Liuzzi (=), De Delictis contra Auctoritates Ecclesiasticas (Officium Libri Catholici, 1942) 164 pp.

 

1917 CIC 2368. A textus classicus on sexual offenses committed in the context of confession is Aloysio De Smet (=, 1868-1927), De Absolutione Complicis et Sollicitatione, 2nd ed., (Brugis, 1921) = pp., [herein De Smet, De sollicitatione] esp. 35-96. Prosdocimi Cerato (Italian priest, d. 1957), De Delicto Sollicitationis (Patavii Typis Seminarii, 1922) 148 pp., [herein Cerato, De delicto].

 

Pio-Benedictine Commentary: Other.

 

Pio Ciprotti (Italian layman, 1914-1993), Observaciones al Texto del Codex Iuris Canonici (Instituto San Raimundo de Peñafort, 1950) 208 pp., revised ed. of Ciprotti's Osservazioni sul Testo de “Codicis Iuris Canonici” (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1944) = pp.

 

The 6,464 ecclesiastical documents that Gasparri actually used for the 1917 Code (God knoweth how many other documents Gasparri and his small staff had examined) fill more than 7,700 pages in P. Gasparri & J. Serédi, eds., Codicis Iuris Canonici Fontes, in 9 vols., (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1923-1949) [herein CIC Fontes]. As sources for the 1917 Code, these collected documents are to be consulted along with thousands of individual texts taken from the Corpus Iuris Canonici (CIC Fontes IX: 13-118) and from scores of canons and decrees of the Council of Trent (CIC Fontes IX: 120-135).

 

Vigilius Alt, Methodologia seu Modus Ius Canonicum Discendi, Scribendi, Docendi (Collegio S. Lorenzo da Brindisi, 1954) 184 pp.

 

Stanley Pietrzyk, A Practical Formulary in accordance with the Code of Canon Law (Pioneer, 1949) 268 pp.

 

Fiorenzo Romita, Codex Juris Musicae Sacrae (Desclée, 1952) 31 pp.

 

Guiscardus Moschetti, Bibliographia Iuris Canonici ex Ephemerides ab a. 1918 ad 1934 (Casa Editrice Libro Italiano, 1942) 335 pp.

 

Pio-Benedictine Reference Works.

 

R. Naz, ed., Dictionnaire de Droit Canonique, in 7 vols., (Librarie Letouzey et Ané, 1935-1965) [herein, DDC].

 

P. Palazzini, ed., Dictionarium Morale et Canonicum, in 4 vols. (Officium Libri Catholici, 1962-1968) [herein, DMC].

 

Arcturus Laver, Index Verborum Codicis Iuris Canonici (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis: 1941) 936 pp.

 

Patrick Lydon (American priest, 1883-1969), Ready Answers in Canon Law [1934], 3rd ed., (Benziger, 1948) 636 pp. Review by T. Martin in The Jurist 9 (1949) 354-356.

 

Marius Pistocchi (1874-1943), Lexicon Juridico-Canonicum (Berruti, 1934) 169 pp.

 

P. Trudel (Sulpician, =), A Dictionary of Canon Law (Herder, 1919) 242 pp.

 

Walter Peters, The Life of Benedict XV (Bruce, 1959) 321 pp., esp. 202-212.

 

Michael Lega (1860-1935), Praelectiones in Textum Iuris Canonici, De Delictis et Poenis [=], in 2 vols., 2nd ed., (Ex Typographia Pontificii in Instituto Pii X, 1910).

 

Ludovicus Fanfani (Dominican, 1876-1955) De Iure Parochorum ad Normam CodiciS Iuris Canonici [1922], 2nd ed., (Marietti, 1936) 558 pp. Review: Anon., Ius Pontificium 5 (1925) 56 (of first edition).

 

Dom Augustine (Charles Bachofen, Swiss/American Benedictine, 1872-1944), Rights and Duties of Ordinaries according to the Code and Apostolic Faculties (Herder, 1924) 549 pp.

 

S. d'Angelo (=), La Curia Diocesana a Norma del Codice di Diritto Canonico, in 2 vols., (Pietro Lisi, 1922).

 

Henry Ayrinhac (American Sulpician, 1867-1931), Administrative Legislation in the New Code of Canon Law (Longmans, 1930).

 

Henry Ayrinhac (American Sulpician, 1867-1931), Constitution of the Church in the new Code of Canon Law... Cc 215-486 (Benziger, 1930) 378 pp. Review: "Y", Ius Pontificium 5 (1925) 53.

 

Felix Cappello (Roman Jesuit, 1879-1962), Summa Iuris Publici Ecclesiastici ad normam Codicis iuris canonici et recentiorum S. Sedis documentorum [=], 3rd ed., (Gregorianum, 1932) 622 pp.

 

Alaphridus Ottaviani (Italian prelate, 1890-1979), Institutiones Iuris Publici Ecclesiastici, 2nd ed., in 2 vols., (Typis Polyglottis Vatincanis, 19351936) 510 pp. + 547 pp.

 

 

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