De iure condendo: una lex propria per il collegio cardinalizio?

Anna Sammassimo

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De iure condendo: a ‘Lex Propria’ for the College of Cardinals. The Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus, in the articles 22 and 23 states the possibility that ‘‘by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, the cardinals in charge of dicasteries meet together several times a year to examine more important questions, coordinate their activities, so that they may be able to exchange information and take counsel’’ so as to see that ‘‘more serious business of a general character can be usefully dealt with, if the Supreme Pontiff so decides, by the cardinals assembled in plenary consistory according to proper law’’. The above-quoted ‘Lex Propria’ does not, however, exist yet. This paper of ours proposes fi rst to give a short and necessarily partial coverage of the history of the College of Cardinals. After this, we wish to relate the decisive moments and the reasons that cyclically have brought about the College’s structural revision. As a consequence, the revision fi ts in with the hierarchical Church structure. Then, our paper means to illustrate the current debate in the College, above all about the hypothesis explicitly foreseen in the Pastor Bonus Apostolic Constitution and discussed in the last century codifying proceedings. This is the hypothesis of a Lex Propria of the College or, at least, for its collegiate manifestation, which is the Consistory.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] De iure condendo: a proper lex for the college of cardinals?
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)285-329
Numero di pagine45
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013


  • Roman Curia
  • cardinals


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