Giuseppe Dalla Torre

The Catholic Church and the States: the «Ius Publicum Ecclesiasticum» in the present Model of Church

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Keywords: Ius Publicum Ecclesiasticum; Church-State Relations Church; Church and Civil Society; Ecumenical-Interreligious Relations.

The 1917 Code of Canon Law was an expression of the Ius Publicum Ecclesiasticum and represented a most dramatic expansion of its doctrines. Vatican II initiated a new stage whose significance is only now becoming clear. The change of scenery stems from the decline of the sovereign State which the classical theories of the Ius Publicum sought to contest, but perhaps even more from the emergence of an ecclesiology not paradigmatically dependent on the state's conception of sovereignty.

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