Theoretical and Practical Understanding of the Integral Reordering of Canon Law
|Author: ||Smith, Patricia|
This groundbreaking study is the first work done on the topic of the integral reordering of canon law as a means of its revocation. Using an analytical methodology, it explores integral reordering in the traditio canonica as well as its contemporary understanding. It also presents a hierarchical model for evaluating juridic documents and the norms within them. Based on the research presented in the initial chapter, the second section formulates rules that serve as indicators in determining if a specific juridic document, institute, or norm has been integrally reordered and thereby revoked. The final chapter applies the rules of integral reordering to a specific example of ecclesiastical law, namely, the law that binds members of religious institutes. This section includes a survey of juridic documents of the universal church that have impacted religious law since the time of the Second Vatican Council. The work offers a comprehensive working definition of integral reordering, and concludes with relevant and related canonical questions which take th reader beyond the scope of the study. It will prove a valuable reference for other canonists.
". . . makes an important contribution to the understanding of legal interpretation; and I look forward to further research into and application of the principles by the author." - The Jurist