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Code of Canon Law
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CHAPTER III. Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties
Can.815 Ecclesiastical universities or faculties, which are to investigate the sacred disciplines or those connected
to the sacred and to instruct students scientifically in the same disciplines, are proper to the Church by virtue of
its function to announce the revealed truth.
Can.816 §1. Ecclesiastical universities and faculties can be established only through erection by the Apostolic
See or with its approval; their higher direction also pertains to it.
§2. Individual ecclesiastical universities and faculties must have their own statutes and plan of studies
approved by the Apostolic See.
Can.817 No university or faculty which has not been erected or approved by the Apostolic See is able to confer
academic degrees which have canonical effects in the Church.
Can.818 The prescripts established for Catholic universities in cann. 810, 812, and 813 are also valid for
ecclesiastical universities and faculties.
Can.819 To the extent that the good of a diocese, a religious institute, or even the universal Church itself
requires it, diocesan bishops or the competent superiors of the institutes must send to ecclesiastical universities or
faculties youth, clerics, and members, who are outstanding in character, virtue, and talent.
Can.820 The moderators and professors of ecclesiastical universities and faculties are to take care that the
various faculties of the university oVer mutual assistance as their subject matter allows and that there is mutual
cooperation between their own university or faculty and other universities and faculties, even non-ecclesiastical
ones, by which they work together for the greater advance of knowledge through common eVort, meetings,
coordinated scientific research, and other means.
Can.821 The conference of bishops and the diocesan bishop are to make provision so that where possible, higher
institutes of the religious sciences are established, namely, those which teach the theological disciplines and
other disciplines which pertain to Christian culture.