Antinomianism and Legalism in Canon Law

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CANON LAW, Patricia M. Dugan, ed., Wilson & Lafleur, 2011

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-15

30 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2011

Date Written: March 30, 2011

Abstract

The topic of this paper is “Antinomianism and Legalism in Canon Law.” The paper consists of four main parts. First, I describe what I mean by antinomian and legalistic approaches to canon law. Second, I discuss the sexual abuse crisis as a contemporary manifestation of antinomianism and legalism. Third, I explore the ownership of Church property as another contemporary manifestation of these approaches to canon law. Finally, I offer some generalizations about the impact of antinomianism and legalism on the life of the Catholic Church. This was the first of two talks given at the Conference for Civil and Canon Lawyers in La Crosse, WI, in August 2010.

Keywords: antinomian, canon law, sexual abuse, Antinomianism, Catholic, property

Suggested Citation

Coughlin, John J., Antinomianism and Legalism in Canon Law (March 30, 2011). CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CANON LAW, Patricia M. Dugan, ed., Wilson & Lafleur, 2011; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1799475

John J. Coughlin (Contact Author)

New York University ( email )

PO Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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