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Geraldina Boni

Full Professor

Department of Legal Studies

Academic discipline: IUS/11 Ecclesiastical and Canon Law


Keywords: culture Vatican City criminal law laity Roman Curia blood exequatur Canon penal law exequatur procreation liturgy sexuality conciliarism ecumenism warrior saints beatification and canonization martyrdom mafia woman marriage multiculturalism Church subsidiarity fast and abstinence impediment of disparity of cult Eucharist sources of law religious denominations war celibacy Vatican City State Evangelization Church and democracy teaching function of the Church archive Canon procedure law inculturation sacramental seal and priest-penitent privilege reform of the processes regarding the nullity of marriage personal prelatures Canon penal law resignation of the Roman Pontiff right to report and obligation to report joint responsibility of the faithful relationship between Vatican City law and Canon law ecclesiastical cultural heritage places of worship

1. The legal system of Vatican City State and its peculiarities: recent regulatory developments, its organization and the exercise of judicial power, its intertwining with Canon law, its relations with the European Union and with the international community.

2. Canonized sainthood in the Church as an emblem of the specificity of Canon law. Namely, the concept of martyrdom and its evolutionary parabola.

3. The origins of some principles of democracy in the history of Canon law: from the concept of representation to the electoral procedures for the most important offices, especially for diocesan bishops and for the pope, to the majority rule.

4. Religious food rules and their growing relevance in today’s society.

5. The roman pontiff’s resignation: problems in Canon law. The regulation of the impeded Apostolic See: a legal gap to fill.

6. Reflection about the debate on the need of an ‘interdisciplinary Canon law’. Canon law and theology.

7. The epochal reform of the processes regarding the nullity of marriage Litterae Apostolicae Motu Proprio datae Mitis iudex dominus Iesus, for the Codex Iuris Canonici of the Latin Church, and Mitis et Misericors Iesus, for the Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium: the many arising issues, also from the point of view of the judicial system.

8. The exequatur procedure for the sentences of marriage nullity in Italy: the status quaestionis also in light of the settled case-law.

9. The legislative activity of the Church under pope Francis’ pontificate between law and pastoral care. The jurists’ current role.

10. The protection of the seal of confession and of the priest-penitent privilege in Italy.

11. The need of good governance in the Church. The faithful’s co-responsibility.

12. Right to report versus obligation to report: misunderstandings to avoid and dynamics to pursue.

13. The reform of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, De sanctionibus poenalibus in Ecclesia.

14. The collaboration of canonical doctrine in order to help the supreme legislator of the Church to elaborate laws that are appropriate and consistent to justice: proposals on the regulation of the entirely impeded Roman See and the status of the Bishop of Rome who resigned his office.