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Course Number: STM 618
Course Title: Governmental Structures: Canon Law
Term: Fall 2014

Professor

Msgr. James Ramacciotti

jramacciotti@holyapostles.edu

314-606-8378

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

Canon Law: Juridic Structures is an investigation of the power of government in the Church, focused in the hierarchical constitution of Church, as found in Book Two of the 1983 Code (cc. 330-572).

2. ENVISIONED OUTCOMES

An appreciation for the role of Canon Law in the life of the Church; an ability to interpret the law, given the context and subject matter of a particular Canon; a sense of canonical equity as a tool for the work of a shepherd in the Church; an ability to fulfill the function of Church leadership by empowering the people of God in their rights and obligations. Format: audio lectures and posted discussions.

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1: Overview to the Code of Canon Law, Part I

Activities:

  1. Read Canons 7-15.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 2: Overview to the Code of Canon Law, Part II

Activities:

  1. Read Canons 16-22
  2. Listen to audio lecture
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 3: The Supreme Authority of the Church: The Roman Pontif

  1. Read Canons 330-335.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 4: The Supreme Authority of the Church: The College of Bishops

  1. Read Canons 336-341.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 5: Synod of Bishops and the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

  1. Read Canons 342-359
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 6: The Roman Curia

  1. Read Canons 360-361 and the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 7: Legates of the Roman Pontif

  1. Read Canons 362-367
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 8: Particular Churches and their Groupings: Particular Churches

  1. Read Canons 368-374.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.
  4. Midterm exam available this week.

Week 9: Bishops: Bishops in General

  1. Read Canons 375-380
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 10: Bishops: Diocesan Bishops, Coadjutor and Auxiliary Bishops

  1. Read Canons 381-411.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 11: The Impeded See and the Vacant See; Groupings of Particular Churches: Ecclesiastical Provinces and Ecclesiastical Regions and the Office of Metropolitan

  1. Read Canons 412-438.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 12: Conference of Bishops

  1. Read Canons 447-459.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 13: The Diocesan Curia; Vicars General and Episcopal Vicars; Chancellor, Notaries, and the Archives

  1. Read Canons 469-491.
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 14: The Judicial Vicar and Adjutant Judicial Vicars; Other Officers of the Tribunal; The Finance Council and the Finance Officer; The Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors

  1. Read Canons 1419-1437; 492-502
  2. Listen to audio lecture.
  3. Surface any questions you may have on the discussion board.

Week 15: Final Exam available this week.

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Discussion Questions – at least 5 per student over the course of the semester – 30% of the course grade
  • Midterm exam – 35% of the course grade
  • Final exam – 35% of the course grade

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

  • Code of Canon Law: Latin English Edition. Canon Law Society of America. Washington, D.C. 20064
  • Beal, John P., James A. Coriden, Thomas J. Green., ed. New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law: Study Edition. New York/Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2002. ISBN-10: 0809140667 or ISBN-13: 978-0809140664 List price $43.04

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

  • Cicognani, Amleto. Canon Law. The Newman Bookshop; Second edition (1934).

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students:

  • Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.
  • Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.
  • Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.
  • Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Msgr. James Ramacciotti was born in St. Louis, MO. He attended Cardinal Glennon College Seminary and Kenrick School of Theology in St. Louis and earned his canon law degree at the Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome.

Msgr. Ramacciotti was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1985. He was engaged in pastoral work until 1990 when he was appointed auditor of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  He has served in various capacities in the tribunal as assessor, defender of the bond, and judge. In 1995, he became a member of the faculty of Kenrick School of Theology.

In addition, Msgr. Ramacciotti is an adjunct faculty member of Aquinas Institute of Theology and St. Louis University School of Law. He presently serves as defender of the bond for the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance for the Province of St. Louis. He is a judge ad causam for the Diocese of Peoria in Illinois. He has held the office of Penitentiary for the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 2008.

(860) 632-3010