Serie Diritto Canonico
MICHAEL J. MULLANEY, Incardination and the Universal Dimension of the Priestly Ministry. A Comparison Between CIC 17 and CIC 83
This thesis takes the mutual relationship that exists between the particular and universal Church as outlined in the Second Vatican Council, and examines how it is reflected in the ministry of the bishop and the priest whose ministries belong to the essence of the Church. The Council draws out the universal dimension of a priest’s ministry and offers a new key to interpret the traditional legislation concerning incardination. From this perspective, the doctrinal and disciplinary evolution of the ancient juridical institute of incardination is traced from the CIC 17 through the Second Vatican Council to CIC 83. Innovations with regard to the norms governing the movement of priests in response to new social, pastoral and missionary challenges are outlined as they evolved, with particular attention to the emergence of personal prelatures and military vicariates. The author bears in mind both the different aspects and the implications of the theoretical problems the practice of incardination, especially with respect to the different organisms in which a priest can be incardinated in the CIC 83, and explores the possibility of that capacity being extended to ecclesial movements. Recent magisterial reflections which unfold the theological, pastoral and spiritual dimensions of the juridical practice of incardination are explored.
MICHAEL J. MULLANEY was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Ireland, in 1992. He graduated with a Licence in Canon Law at the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1995, where he also obtained a Doctorate specialising in Rotal Jurisprudence in 2000 with the presentation of this dissertation. He currently teaches Canon Law at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth; Milltown Institute, Dublin; and St Patrick’s College, Thurles.
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