Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Conseil pontifical pour les textes législatifs
Pontificio Consiglio per i Testi Legislativi
Pontificium Consilium de Legum Textibus

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Founded

1984-01-02

History

2 Jan 1984, by Pope John-Paul II, as Pontifical Commission for Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law, with competence to interpret the provisions of the Code of Canon Law, promulgated 25 Jan 1983, and other universal laws of the Latin Church. Derives from an earlier Pontifical Commission for Authentic Interpretation of the Canon Law, created on 15 Sep 1917 by Pope Benedict XV, for authentic interpretation of the previous Code of Canon Law, promulgated 27 May 1917; this Commission continued until establishment of the Pontifical Council for the Revision of the Code of Canon Law by Pope John XXIII on 28 Mar 1963, with the task of revising the Code of Pope Benedict XV in the light of decrees of the Second Vatican Council. A related body, Pontifical Commission for the Interpretation of the Decrees of the Second Vatican Council, was set up on 11 Jul 1967, by Pope Paul VI. The competence of the latter Commission was subsequently extended to include the interpretation of all documents issued by the Holy See for execution of Conciliar decrees. The current Commission replaces both the 1963 and the 1967 Commission.

The Apostolic Constitution 'Pastor Bonus', 28 Jun 1988, expanded the competence of the Commission and changed its title to Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts -- Conseil pontifical pour l'interprétation des textes législatifs -- Pontificio Consiglio per l'Interpretazione dei Testi Legislativi -- Pontificium Consilium de Legum Textibus Interpretandis. The function of the Dicastery was further expanded on promulgation of the 'Codex Canonem Ecclesiarum Orientalium (CCEO)', 18 Oct 1990, and suppression by Pope John Paul II of the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code of Eastern Canon Law - established by Pope Paul VI, 10 Jun 1972 - following completion of its work. The Council now also has the task of interpreting the CCEO and all the common laws of the Eastern Catholic Churches. It functions as part of the F-XF8042 - Administrative Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Interpret the universal laws of the Catholic Church, including the Code of Canon Law and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

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President; Secretary; Under-Secretary; Members (17); Staff Officials (7); Consultors (48).

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

XF1076

Last News

1999

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