A Comparative Legal Analysis of the Lay Christian Faithful in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches with Particular Emphasis on the Particular Law of the Syro-Malabar Church

Keywords: Oriental Church; Syro-Malabar Church; Church communion; particular Church; Christian faithful


In the present context of the Universal Church, “the only Corpus Iuris Canonici” is becoming a concrete reality. The Church breathes with two lungs, one in the East and one in the West. The eastern canons supplement the western canons: they do so when a canon refers either to the Latin Church or a Church sui iuris and the when the context makes it clear that the case concerns relations with the Latin Church.

Author Biography

Jerin Scaria, Pontifical Lateran University

Rev. Jerin Scaria, J.C.L. – Ph.D. student, Pontifical Lateran University; Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4, 00184 Roma RM, Italy


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