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Author:  RolandJS [ Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:13 pm ]
Post subject:  hey friends! guess what I found in a Half Price Bookstore?

Ok, some time ago, via ABE-Books, I found the following:
A Concise Guide to Canon Law
A Practical Handbook for Pastoral Ministers
Kevin E. McKenna
Ave Maria Press, Inc., Notre Dame, IN USA
Copyright 2000 by Ave Maria Press, Inc.
Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur listed

Recently, at a Half Price Bookstore, I found and purchased the following:
Canon Law - A Text and Commentary
Second Revised Edition (1951 & 1953)
T. Lincoln Bouscaren, S.J.
Adam C. Ellis, S.J.
The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwakee, WI USA
Copyright 1951 by The Bruce Publishing Company
Imprimi Potest, Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur listed

I would like to generate some discussion concerning Bouscaren/Ellis
Canon Law text and commentary!

Roland

Author:  Custos [ Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:49 am ]
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Keep in mind the entire Code of Canon Law was revised in 1983. Texts and commentaries that are older than 1983 are not are not the Code currently in effect.

Author:  CommonMan [ Fri Apr 29, 2005 4:50 am ]
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Oh Oh :?

Author:  RolandJS [ Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:28 am ]
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Maybe so, however, the book is still a great glimpse into the CC before 1983 :)
Maybe someday, I will find a post-1983 copy in Half Price Bookstore :)
Roland

Author:  Neophyte (erstwhile) [ Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: hey friends! guess what I found in a Half Price Bookstore?

stollerusa wrote:
I would like to generate some discussion concerning Bouscaren/Ellis Canon Law text and commentary!

I have the third edition, which isn't all that different from the second. The fourth edition is post-Vatican II, and from a quick glance looks like it was significantly changed. (I've looked at it in a nearby law library.)

My biggest disappointment with Bouscaren/Ellis is that it doesn't cover all the 1917 canons, but only about half of them or so.

On the positive side, it is very easy to read, more of a textbook than a commentary, with exercises at the end of each chapter. The level of the text is much more concrete than, say, the new CLSA commentary on the 1983 code. For example, they take two pages to describe in great detail the physical requirements to be a priest, e.g., how many and which fingers can be missing.

Some of their comments raise more questions than they settle. It is not a primary or scholarly source in canon law commentary, but more of a secondary source, summarizing the opinions of the various scholars, most of whom wrote in other languages than English.

The best feature of the Bouscaren/Ellis commentaries are that they include the impact of the various Vatican updates to the 1917 canons. For example, the 1917 code (which I first read in Dr. Ed Peters' translation) requirement of canonical form for the marriage of Catholics contains the exception for those who were baptized as Catholics in infancy but who were raised outside the faith by non-Catholic parents. It was from Bouscaren/Ellis that I found out that this exception was removed in 1949 because it was too vague to properly enforce.

Author:  Neophyte (erstwhile) [ Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:34 am ]
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P.S. One of the best things about studying the 1917 code in comparison to the 1983 code is that it gives a very clear idea about which parts of canon law can be changed, and which other parts are from divine law.

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