CL 268 Liturgy, Sacraments and Law

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Module Level

8 (Undergraduate)

Related Department

Canon Law


Essay: 25% Examination: 75%

Module Aims

Aims: To equip students preparing for ministry in the Church with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the theological, juridical and pastoral dimensions of the sacraments of initiation, reconciliation, sacred orders, anointing of the sick and other acts of divine worship.

Indicative Syllabus:

• The foundations of liturgical and sacramental law

• The Sacraments of Initiation

• The Sacrament of Orders

• Magisterium and the question of the ordination of women

• The Sacrament of Reconciliation

• Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum

• Other Acts of Divine Worship

Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to trace the key theological, historical and juridical developments of the celebration of the sacraments;
  • To understand how to interpret and apply the juridical dimension of the celebration of the sacraments in pastoral practice
  • To identify and read key magisterial documents and canonical doctrine in relation to the celebration of the liturgy and the sacraments in the life of the Church.


  • Huels, John, Liturgy and Law, Wilson and Lafleur, 2006
  • Woestman, William, Sacraments: Initiation, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, St Paul University, 2004
  • Woestman, William, Canon Law and Sacraments for Parish Ministry, St Paul University, 2007