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You likely have questions about Catholic canon law. Brilliantly taught and filled with helpful, real-world examples, this survey course was designed with your questions in mind.

You are invited to join one of America's leading canon law experts in exploring the principles and rules that govern our religious conduct. In 12 lectures, you will see how religion and the lives of all Catholics are intertwined in spiritual, practical, cultural, and historical ways. As you do so, you will come to understand the meaning of Jesus' teaching that "the Sabbath law was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27). In this course you will journey through 2,000 years of church laws, some divinely given to us by Jesus and others coming from humans. Then you'll explore the sources of canon law - sacred Scripture, theology, and tradition - before looking at how these laws permeate the Seven Sacraments, church membership, ecumenical councils, and much more. In doing so you will gain deep insights into how religious rules affect the lives of lay Catholics and clergy.

By studying these laws, you will come to understand how embracing religious belief and practices is essential for a new evangelization based in truth and mercy. This course is an essential examination of a vitally important but often misunderstood topic in the Catholic faith.

You don't want to miss this opportunity to enrich your understanding of this fascinating subject.

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Critic Reviews

“Fr. Art has many years’ experience as a practitioner of canon law as well as teaching it. He speaks with enthusiasm as well as knowledge in a way that encourages his readers and listeners to want to explore further.” (Mgr. Gordon Read, president of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
"Father Espelage is well known and admired, not only for his canonical expertise and experience, but also for his unfailing attitude of service to others and concern for them, qualities which should mark any canonist. Anything he prepares is worthy of study and appreciation." (Francis G. Morrisey, OMI, faculty of canon law, St. Paul University)

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