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Canon Law: A Comparative Study with Anglo-American Legal Theory

John J. Coughlin, O.F.M.


This book explores the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church from a comparative perspective. The Introduction to the book presents historical examples of antinomian and legalistic approaches to canon law. It discusses these approaches as threats to the rule of law in the Church, and describes the concept of the rule of law in the thought of various Anglo-American legal theorists. Chapter One offers an overview of canon law as the “home system” in this study. The remaining chapters consider antinomian and legalistic approaches to the rule of law in light of three specific issues: the sexual ab ... More

Keywords: Roman Catholic, antinomian approaches, legalistic approaches, canon law, rule of law, sexual abuse crisis, ownership of church property, Holy Communion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Coughlin, O.F.M., author
Notre Dame Law School