Canon Law

Chairman: Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye
Secretary: Rev. Fr. Michael A. BANJO
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This unit sees to the promotion of the theory and practice of canon law with the aim of upholding justice and order in the Church and guarding against arbitrariness and anarchy. The ultimate goal that this unit works towards is the salus animarum (cf. canon 1752).

The functions of this unit include:

  • Offering canonical services to Bishops individually and collectively
  • Collaborating with Canon Law Societies of Nigeria and of West Africa
  • Collaborating with the Canon Law Faculty of the Catholic Institute of West Africa
  • Offering canonical services to Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and associations aspiring towards such
  • Organizing seminars towards assisting ecclesiastical tribunals in their functions
  • Assisting the CBCN in coming up with complementary norms
  • Assisting Dioceses in putting in place necessary canonical Policies and guidelines
  • Guiding Church organizations (at the national level) in the drafting of their constitutions
  • Facilitating inter or intra diocesan arbitration and conciliation where necessary
  • Maintaining correspondence with the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts
  • Collaborating with the Association of Catholic Lawyers
  • Attending to matters that concern relations between the Latin and Eastern Catholic Churches
  • Attending to pastoral practices from the canonical perspective

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