Introduction to Canon Law: Part 2

Friday, July 12, 2024
12:00-1:00pm ET

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Viscuso will continue his prior presentation with an introduction to Orthodox Canon law and an outline of its unique approaches in terms of sources, the definition of canon, and canonical application, both on the parish and diocesan levels. A summary of points will be presented for those who were not present for part one of this presentation.

A special focus will be made on the canon law of marriage. The definition of marriage will be discussed, including divorce and remarriage as well as matrimony with other Christians. If time permits, a case study dealing with divorce will be presented.

SpeakerThe Reverend Dr. Patrick Viscuso is a Professor of Canon Law at the Antiochian House of Studies and the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, an Orthodox canonist, and a protopresbyter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is the president of the Orthodox Canon Law Society of North America and a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. He has been president of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America. His doctorate from The Catholic University of America concentrated on canon law, patristic studies, and church history. He holds a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Bachelor of Science from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and five books.

NOTE:  The Orthodox Canon Law Society of North America (OCLS) welcomes attorneys to attend, and submit papers for, their 2024 conference on October 18–19, 2024 at Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA.
OCLS welcomes submissions from attorneys on topics involving civil law and its impact on the Church. Examples include: church property disputes, the intersection of church and civil law on divorce, and civil laws affecting religious freedom.  
Abstracts due on May 31, 2024. (Extensions may be permitted upon request.)
Those whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to present a 500-word (max) paper and a 20 minute presentation at the conference. See the OCLS Conference Website and Call for Papers for more details.  Send questions to:


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