Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course complements THEO6037, Canon Law 1. Using the principles and concepts outlined in THEO6037 this course applies those principles and concepts to the area of sacraments as studied in Systematic Theology, Liturgy and Pastoral Studies.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically reflect on, and work with, the understandings of Canon Law;

2. Evaluate codes of Canon Law and published articles on sacramental themes I writings of key authors;

3. Explain approaches to marriage in canonical and civil law;

4. Examine and articulate dispositions towards and integrity of sacraments from canonical and liturgical perspectives

5. Review the canonical perspective towards exorcism, internal and external forum;

6. Evaluate canonical and liturgical implications for sacraments and their celebration.


This course covers the fundamental teachings of Canon Law in and their implication for canonical requirements for validity in celebration of Sacraments. A variety of written material, with specific focus on Australian publications, is used to examine in a critical and reflective manner the theological nature of the sacraments;

  • the canonical aspects of each sacrament;
  • who may be admitted to sacraments;
  • who may be the minister;
  • church and civil understanding of marriage;
  • challenges faced in the celebration of sacraments;
  • planning of Catholic funeral services;
  • change to the matter and form of the sacrament of confirmation;
  • the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental;
  • Reconciliation and the internal and external forum;
  • thematic link between sacraments; and pastoral dilemmas.


This course replaces THEO6038. If you have successfully completed THEO6038 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment 3