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Canon Law 701, Law 507

History of Canon Law

History of Jurisprudence: The Catholic Tradition

 

Ken Pennington

Office Hours - Fall 2015:

 

326-328 Caldwell Hall:  

W 1:30-3:00 PM

and  by appointment

416 Columbus School of Law:  

T-Th 2:45-3:45 PM

 and by appointment

Pennington's Home Page:

http://faculty.cua.edu/pennington

Classroom: Law 208 and Cyberspace

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:10-2:25

Offices: 
326-328 Caldwell Hall
Tel. 319-6264
416 Law School
Tel. 319-5150 

Home tel.: 202-547-3620

Email: 
Pennington@cua.edu
kenpennington12@verizon.net
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Call me at home or email me.  Voicemail at the University is not a good choice.

 

Topics of Lectures and Video and Audio Stream of Class and Archived Lectures 2015

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Lecture Topics Introduction  Mass of the Holy Spirit
No class
Legal Positivism and Justice

Legal Positivism and Justice

Legal Positivism and Justice and Law in the Early Church Norms in the Early Church and
Early Church Councils

Early Church Councils

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September 1

 

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Sept. 17

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Sept. 22

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Early Church Councils

and The First Papal Decretal

 Early Canonical Collections

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Justinian's Codification

Justinian's Codification 

 
Carolingian Canonical Collections   Carolingian Canonical Collections and  Gregorian Reform Movement  Gregorian Reform Movement   

Bologna

The Revival of Roman Law 

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Sept. 24

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Sept. 29

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October 1

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October 6

 

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Oct. 8

 

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Oct. 13

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Oct. 15

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Lecture Topics Introduction to Gratian  

Introduction to Gratian   Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus
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Oct. 20

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Lecture Topics Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus

Gratian De legibus  and Papal Decretals

 Papal Decretals,

Self-Defense,

Ordeal

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Nov. 3

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Lecture Topics Canonical Jurisprudence,
Ordeal
Ordo iudiciarius
 Canonical Jurisprudence,
Accusatorial and Inquisitorial Procedure

 Canonical Jurisprudence,
Consent
  Canonical Jurisprudence

Canonical Jurisprudence

The Road to 1917

Last Class

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Nov. 17

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Required books:
 

Gratian, Treatise on Laws, translated by Augustine Thompson and James Gordley (Washington, DC:  Catholic University Press, 1993)  ISBN 0-8132-0786-x $14.95

Recommended Books:  James A. Brundage, Medieval Canon Law, Longman, $30.00 (This book is out of print.  If you can find a used copy on the internet, you will find it useful for the course.  If not, not.  Do not worry.  I have plenty of material to replace it.  Right now the book is selling on the web for $60.00 and higher.  Don't buy it at that price; it's a ripoff.  I have some copies in my office that you can borrow for a few days).

F. Donald Logan, The History of the Church in the Middle Ages (London-New York:  Routledge, 2002)  ISBN 0-415-13289-4  (If you do not have a good background in the history of the Church, this book will provide an excellent context for the legal developments we will be studying).

Recommended Books only for the Wealthy and Committed:

The History of Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, edited by Wilfried Hartmann and Kenneth Pennington  (History of Medieval Canon Law; Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2008).  $64.95 

The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500, edited by Wilfried Hartmann and Kenneth Pennington  (History of Medieval Canon Law; Washington D.C. The Catholic University Press of America, 2012).  $59.95

These are very detailed histories of  key periods that will be covered in the course.  Buy these books only if you are passionately interested in the history of canon law or if you think that you might go on for a Ph.D.  Or if you are simply addicted to having books on your shelf.

Compare prices!  The books can be bought from Amazon.com or from Barnes and Noble for the price quoted after the book.

 

The following electronic readings are required for the course:

Ken Pennington, A Short History of Canon Law from Apostolic Times to 1917

Thanks to Father James Bradley, a Pdf File of A Short History of Canon Law

Ken Pennington, "Bartolom de Las Casas and Medieval Legal Tradition"  Pdf

Ken Pennington, "Roman and Secular Law in the Middle Ages"

Ken Pennington, "Spirit of Legal History"

Ken Pennington, "Due Process, Community, and the Prince in the Evolution of the Ordo iudiciarius"

 Ken Pennington, "Learned Law, droit savant, gelehrtes Recht:  The Tyranny of a Concept"  

Ken Pennington, Bishops and their Dioceses  Pdf

Ken Pennington, Sovereignty and Rights in Medieval and Early Modern Jurisprudence: Law and Norms without a State

Ken Pennington, Gratian, Causa 19, and the Birth of Canonical Jurisprudence

Ken Pennington, Innocent III and the Divine Authority of the Pope

Ken Pennington, Representation in Medieval Canon Law

Ken Pennington, The Formation of the Jurisprudence of the Feudal Oath of Fealty

Ken Pennington, Politics in Western Jurisprudence

Ken Pennington, Between Naturalistic and Positivistic Concepts of Human Rights Pdf

Ken Pennington, Lex naturalis and Ius naturale

Ken Pennington, The “Big Bang”:Roman Law in the Early Twelfth-Century

Ken Pennington, Roman Law at the Papal Curia in the Early Twelfth Century

Ken Pennington, The Growth of Church Law

Ken Pennington, Introduction to the Courts

Ken Pennington, Biography of Gratian

Pennington, Western Legal Collections

British Library, Cotton Nero C.IV, Winchester Psalter ca. 1150

Email Requirement

I want to hear from you regularly by Email.  This is a requirement of the course. In your first message to me, I would like to know something about yourself and why you are interested in law.  I want you to respond to my lectures and the class materials by sending me your comments regularly with emails.  I will circulate them to the entire class.  Important: Please send your comments to me first.  Sometimes I will add comments to your emails or try to answer questions that you pose.  Then I will circulate them to the entire class.

 Please email me as soon as possible to both my email addresses:

 pennington@cua.edu 

 kenpennington12@verizon.net

We will be using email this semester, and I want to have a listserve for the class at CUA and at home.

 

General Bibliography for the History of Canon Law

Lecture Topics:

Introduction

Readings:  Pennington, The History of Natural Law Ken Pennington, Lex naturalis and Ius naturale; H.L.A. Hart, John Austin

1. The Birth of a Legal System

Readings: Brundage, pp. 1-31; Pennington, Between Naturalistic and Positivistic Concepts of Human Rights; Pennington, A Short History;  Council of Nicaea; Early  Papal Decretals; Early Collections of Canon Law Roman Law and Canon Law, Carolingian Canonical Collections; Caesaropapism; Pennington, The Growth of Church Law

 

2.  The Gregorian Reform (Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries)

Readings: Pennington, A Short History; Brundage, pp.31-43, Pennington, Bishops and their Dioceses

 

Midterm Essay  Due Friday, October 23, 2015

 

3. Gratian and the Beginnings of Canonical Jurisprudence

 

Readings:Pennington, A Short History;  Ken Pennington, Biography of Gratian, Pennington, Western Legal Collections, Ken Pennington, Introduction to the Courts, Brundage, pp. 44-55, Gratian, The Treatise on Laws (Decretum DD. 1-20), Marriage canons in Gratian and in the Decretales, translated by Noonan and Thompson, Pennington, A Short History;  K. Pennington, Natural Law; Pennington, Lex naturalis and Ius naturale; Pennington, Gratian, Causa 19; Pennington,  Innocent III and the Ius commune, Decretals and Decretal Collections; Pro ratione voluntas: Canon law establishes the principle of Ius positivum; Pope Innocent III and Marriage Decretals; Decretales of Pope Gregory IX Book 4 title 2; Consilia (Briefs); Pennington, "The Big Bang"; Ken Pennington, Roman Law at the Papal Curia in the Early Twelfth Century

4. Canon Law in the Late Middle Ages

Canonists in the Late Middle Ages  Video 2006   Video 2007

Readings: Pennington, A Short History;  Pope Innocent IV;  Henricus of Susa (Hostiensis);  Oldradus de Laude (de Ponte);  Baldus de Ubaldis;  Nicholaus de Tudeschis (Panormitanus)Brundage, pp. 55-69

5. Canonical Jurisprudence and the Emergence of the Idea of  Rights

Readings: Pennington, A Short History; Brundage, 70-189; Pennington, "The History of Rights in Western Thought";  K. Pennington, Due Process, Community, and the Prince in the Evolution of the Ordo iudiciariusK. Pennington, "Innocent Until Proven Guilty: The Origins of a Legal Maxim" and "Sovereignty and Rights in Medieval and Early Modern Jurisprudence: Law and Norms without a State", and "Representation in Medieval Canon Law," and "The Formation of the Jurisprudence of the Feudal Oath of Fealty"


 

6. The Road to Modern Canon Law

Readings: Pennington, A Short History

 

Course Requirements and Grading

Each student will be required to write two essays.  The first will be due during the week of October 17th and will be on the material covered by Lecture Topics 1-2.  The second will be due by Friday, December 18th and will cover the second half of the semester.  All essays will be submitted to me electronically in Word or WordPerfect format.  Each essay will be 50% of the final grade.  The quality and number of the emails during the semester can also affect the final grade by one grade level (i.e. A- to A).  However, the grade can only rise, never fall.  Since the classes are online and archived, I have no attendance policy.  CUA's policy on plagiarism will be enforced.  For good definitions of unacceptable writing practices click here.

Final Essay

Topics of Lectures and Video and Audio Stream of Class and Archived Lectures 2014

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Lecture Topics Introduction  Mass of the Holy Spirit
No class
Legal Positivism and Justice

Legal Positivism and Justice

Legal Positivism and Justice and Law in the Early Church Norms in the Early Church and
Early Church Councils

Early Church Councils

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August 26

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August 28

 

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Sept. 16

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Lecture Topics

Early Church Councils

and The First Papal Decretal

 Early Canonical Collections

and

Justinian's Codification

Justinian's Codification 

 
Carolingian Canonical Collections   Carolingian Canonical Collections and  Gregorian Reform Movement  Gregorian Reform Movement   

Bologna

The Revival of Roman Law 

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Sept. 18

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Sept. 30

 

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Lecture Topics Introduction to Gratian  

Introduction to Gratian   Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus
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Oct. 14

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Oct. 16

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Oct. 21

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Lecture Topics Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus

Gratian De legibus  and Papal Decretals

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Self-Defense,

Ordeal

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Lecture Topics Canonical Jurisprudence,
Ordeal
Ordo iudiciarius
 Canonical Jurisprudence,
Accusatorial and Inquisitorial Procedure

 Canonical Jurisprudence,
Consent
  Canonical Jurisprudence

Canonical Jurisprudence

The Road to 1917

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Nov. 18

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Topics of Lectures and Video and Audio Stream of Class and Archived Lectures 2013

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Lecture Topics Introduction  Mass of the Holy Spirit
No class
Legal Positivism and Justice

Legal Positivism and Justice

Law in the Early Church Norms in the Early Church and
Early Church Councils

Early Church Councils

Early Church Councils

and The First Papal Decretal

 The First Papal Decretal  and Early Canonical Collections

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August 27

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Lecture Topics

Early Canonical Collections

 
 Justinian's Codification   Carolingian Canonical Collections and  Gregorian Reform Movement  Gregorian Reform Movement   

Bologna

The Revival of Roman Law  The Revival of Roman Law 
and

Introduction to Gratian  
Introduction to Gratian Introduction to Gratian
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Oct. 15

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Lecture Topics Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus  Papal Decretals Jurisprudence of Papal Decretals   and Canonical Jurisprudence Canonical Jurisprudence Canonical Jurisprudence   Canonical Jurisprudence

Canonical Jurisprudence

The Road to 1917

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Topics of Lectures and Video and Audio Stream of Class and Archived Lectures 2012  I had many difficulties with the video system in this semester.  Send me an email if you have trouble.

Lecture Topics Introduction  Mass of the Holy Spirit
No class
Legal Positivism and Justice

Legal Positivism and Justice

Law in the Early Church Norms in the Early Church and
Early Church Councils

Early Church Councils

The First Papal Decretal

 The First Papal Decretal  amd Early Canonical Collections

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August 27

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Lecture Topics Justinian's Codification  Justinian's Codification and Carolingian Canonical Collections  Gregorian Reform Movement  The Revival of Roman Law  and Introduction to Gratian   Introduction to Gratian    Introduction to Gratian   Introduction to Gratian   Introduction to Gratian and Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus
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Lecture Topics Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus Gratian De legibus  Papal Decretals  and Jurisprudence of Papal Decretals  Jurisprudence of Papal Decretals   and Canonical Jurisprudence Canonical Jurisprudence   Canonical Jurisprudence

Canonical Jurisprudence

The Road to 1917

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