The Canonical Authority of the Diocesan Bishops over the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Rose of Lima (CIC, CC. 586, 594, 595)

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Title: The Canonical Authority of the Diocesan Bishops over the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Rose of Lima (CIC, CC. 586, 594, 595)
Authors: Tran, Lua
Date: 2021-11-14
Abstract: The dissertation analyzes the ius vigens on the authority of the diocesan bishops over lay religious institutes of diocesan right, whether expressly or tacitly stated, primarily in Book II, Part III, Section I of the Code of Canon Law 1983 and elsewhere in the Code. The thesis distinguishes between the subject matters under special care of the diocesan bishop of the principal seat of the institute, as per canon 595, and matters under special care of the diocesan bishop of the house to which the individual religious is assigned, as per canon 594. In order to clearly determine the application of the norms of the ius vigens, the study examines them in relation to the canonical tradition, especially the relevant canons of the 1917 Code and conciliar and post-conciliar documents. Then the results of the reflection are applied specifically to the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Saint Rose of Lima in Vietnam. The norms on the authority of the diocesan bishops over either the institutes or an individual religious express the spirit of communio in the Church. Religious exist for the Church and for the world, so they are called to actively build up the Church. Bishops, on the other hand, must respect the proper internal authority of the institutes, protect and appreciate religious life, always being mindful of unique charisms exemplified in the nature, purpose, spirit, and character of each religious institute. The ius vigens defines authority of the bishops as neither domination nor intervention in internal life and governance of institutes, but rather in terms of protecting the rights of religious institutes and of individual religious as well as promoting and fostering the responsibilities of both the diocesan bishop and the institute. The study specifically focusses on the provisions of the proper law of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Saint Rose of Lima (Constitutions, Directory, and Guidelines) to determine the authority of the diocesan bishop with regard to the Congregation. The question regarding the mutual relationship of the internal and external authority is specifically considered, and the existing lacunae in the proper law are identified. Likewise, in view of current historical, sociological, ecclesial and cultural milieu of Vietnam, the author proposes several practical approaches and concrete canonical solutions for better administration and collaboration between local diocesan bishops and superiors of the Congregation. Those suggestions serve the goal of promoting common good, preserving and safeguarding the autonomy of life of religious institutes, fostering their relationship with the local Church, and cooperating in the work of evangelization, charity, justice and peace in the spirit of respect, dialogue, and mutual acceptance. In sum, the study aims at examining and specifying the authority of diocesan bishops and religious superiors within their own respective realms so that they may acknowledge and exercise it in accordance with the universal, particular, and proper laws.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/42912
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-27129
CollectionThèses Saint-Paul // Saint Paul Theses
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