Pontifical Georgian College

The principal theological seminary of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church

(Licentiate of Canon Law)
(Doctorate of Canon Law)

N.b. programmes subject to change without notice on this page. Postulants and seminarians should consult college administration for official information.
Speed of progress may vary by student. Neither academic degrees nor ordination are guaranteed. Academic degrees and ordination are only conferred
after all qualifications have been met and upon thorough and successful examination by ecclesiastical authorities.


Each priest studies canon law as part of clerical formation in the Licentiate of Sacred Theology programme. Some clerics and, less frequently, laymen choose to pursue advanced study in canon law to help serve the mission of the Patriarchate as canon lawyers and judges on Tribunals. The following outline is of the standard coruse of study for the Licentiate of Canon Law (JCL) and the Doctorate of Canon Law (JCD). It is expected that candidates for the JCL will have an earned, accredited bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field and will typically already have a graduate degree and some type ot theology degree. While each level is analogous to a semester, each student moves at his own appropriate pace, under the guidance of his programme director. The Code of Canon Law and the Code of Particular Canon Law are considered obligatory texts for each course. Additions texts, papers, and other readings may be assigned.



CL601 - History of Canon Law

CL602 - General Norms of Law

CL603 - Particular Churches

CL604 - Laws of the Sacraments



CL611 - General Norms of Law II

CL612 - The Ministry of Holy Orders

CL613 - Canons of Holy Matrimony

CL614 - The Work of the Laity




CL621 - Canons of the Consecrated Life

CL622 - Canon Law in Civil Society

CL623 - Procedures of Canon Law

CL810 - Elective




CL631 - The Temporal Goods of the Church

CL632 - Ecclesiastical Structure

CL633 - Tribunal Procedural Structure

CL634 - Defense of Rights in Church and Society




CL641 - Defending Religious Freedom in Society

CL642 - Canons of Magisterial Authority of the Church

CL643 - Sanctions

CL840 - Elective




CL651 - Theology of Canon Law

CL652 - Law of the Roman Church

CL653 - Law of the English Church



Beginning during Level 5 or 6, the candidate must write a thesis on a relevant topic of canon law approved by his programme director.


(Doctor of Canon Law)

An admitted candidate for the degree of Doctor of Canon Law must first complete the requirements for the the Licentiate of Canon Law. A topic of original research relevant to canon law is proposed to the programme director and committee. The candidate then carries out the research and writes a dissertation. Upon successful defense of the dissertation to the committee, the candidate is proposed to the Great Officers of the College for award of the degree of Doctor of Canon Law.


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