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EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION This issue of The Jurist is divided into three parts. First of all it contains a number of papers on various canonical themes: marriage nullity jurisprudence, church finance, and medieval canonical history. John Johnson analyzes Rotal jurisprudence on the implications of threats of suicide on the validity of marital consent. John Renken examines comparative Latin and Eastern code provisions on finance councils and finance officers. James Brundage examines the teaching of canon law and civil law and the often contested relationships between canon lawyers and civil lawyers, especially during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Elizabeth Makowski provides some interesting insights on late medieval consilia addressing conflicts involving cloistered nuns in light of the decree Periculoso of Benedict VIII. This part of the issue concludes with the Eighth James H. Provost Memorial Lecture entitled “Misericoridia Extra Codicem in Iustitia.” by Christopher Coppens. He explores especially the central role of the judge in the practice of the law and highlights the judge’s need to take into account various factors besides the written law in deciding cases justly. The second part of this issue of The Jurist continues the publication of a series of essays by members of the Peter and Paul Seminar on the general theme: “Conversion and Reform in View of the Unity of the Church.” Five such essays were published in the prior issue of The Jurist .1 This issue contains a paper by Peter de Mey on the history, theology , and terminology of church renewal and reform as central realities in the documents of Vatican II. Gilles Routhier views the reform of the Church, its life, its practices, and its institutional forms in terms of two fundamental realities: the proclamation of the gospel and the unity of a world Church. Finally the Editor analyzes various legislative structures such as particular councils, episcopal conferences, and diocesan synods and their relevance to conversion and reform in view of church unity. Finally, the third part of this issue contains a number of book reviews on topics of theological-canonical-historical interest. It also provides pertinent data on the recent graduates of the School of Canon Law. The Jurist 71 (2011) 271 271 1 See the essays by Famerée, Witte, Clifford, O’Gara, and Duffy in The Jurist 71 (2011) 7–90. For some brief comments on the Peter and Paul seminar, see “Editor’s Introduction ,” ibid., 1–3. ...


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