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246 the jurist tessential Jesuit, presents to his students through studied questioning, sagacious insights, and humble listening, as he yearns ad majorem Dei gloriam. Rose McDermott, S.S.J. School of Canon Law The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. KRÖNUNG ODER ENTWERTUNG DES KONZILS? Das Verfassungsrecht der katholischen Kirche im Spiegel der Ekklesiologie des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils, edited by Sabine Demel and Ludger Müller. Trier: Paulinus, 2007. This book is a kind of festschrift for the Trier canonist Peter Krämer (formerly at Eichstatt) on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday. The thirteen authors are linked to the honoree in one way or another, e.g., as colleagues, former assistants, or collaborators. The significant word ‘crowning’ in the title is derived from the 1959 allocution in which John XXIII had announced the convocation of the SecondVatican Council.At that time he indicated that a reform of canon law would follow the council and thereby ‘crown’ the work of the council. The contributions to this collected series of studies have been written from an exclusively German perspective. Only German-language literature is cited. It seems that the editors of the work intend to challenge the skepticism of the well-known Bonn canonist Norbert Lüdecke about the fact that the 1983 code actually represents the ‘crowning’of the council. In their introduction to the volume both editors expressly emphasize that Lüdecke’s position finds no support in the book in question. In any event only in very few places are there explicit allusions to this internal German controversy. Libero Gerosa and also Ludger Müller once again analyze aspects of the communio ecclesiology of Eugenio Corecco. More relevant and pertinent is the contribution of J. Weber (Bamberg) regarding the problematic of leaving the Church within the context of Vatican II (56-73). He undertakes a careful examination of the April 2006 declaration of the German bishops’ conference regarding the March 2006 letter of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts on the ‘defection clause’ in the code (cc. 1086, §1; 1117; 1124). Among other things this declaration had as a consequence that the Freiburg pro- fessor emeritus Hartmut Zapp declared his departure from the Church in 2007. A broader controversy is addressed since C. Huber (Speyer) devotes his attention to a critique of Georg Bier (Freiburg im Breisgau) regarding the latter’s critical views of the legal place of the diocesan bishop in the 1983 code. In so doing the former publicly reinforces the earlier published views of Ludger Müller. Since many of the authors necessarily orient their work in terms of the language of church documents, their contributions occasionally do not seem to be as in touch with the real issues as they might be. The book contains an index of sources (1917 code, Vatican II, 1983 code, and the Eastern code); however, it lacks an index of persons or issues treated; therefore it is not always easy to locate where such issues are discussed or certain authors are cited. Knut Walf Professor Emeritus University of Nijmegen Nijmegen, Netherlands LA LEGGE CANONICA NELLA VITA DELLA CHIESA INDAGINE E PROSPETTIVE NEL SEGNO DEL RECENTE MAGISTERO PONTIFICIO. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2008. Numerous canonical faculties, other institutions, and journals took the occasion of the twenty fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the 1983 Latin code to sponsor study sessions or special issues2 to explore various implications of that significant event. The Holy See was no exception to this rule. On January 24–25, 2008 the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts (hereafter Pontifical Council) convened a study session in Rome to celebrate the aforementioned anniversary. The gathering was viewed as a moment of useful reflection on the Roman Curia’s service of the Roman Pontiff in his role as Supreme Legislator. Nearly 900 professors, practitioners, and students of the law from the Roman canon law faculties and other institutions gathered in the aula of the Synod of Bishops to listen to presentations on the implementation of the code generally by selected heads of the curial dicasteries. A prime objective of the papers in this volume was to offer a first general assessment of the legal...


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