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The Date of Easter: Contemporary Canonical Challenges

Monday, June 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The Date of Easter: Contemporary Canonical Challenges

Join us for a webinar on Jun 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT.



How is the date on which we celebrate Easter each year decided? Who came up with that "formula?" The question of a common date for Easter has reappeared frequently in ecumenical parlance, most recently by Pope Francis in June 2015. This webinar seeks to explore the canonical underpinnings of this question, applying an historical analysis of the question as well as discussing the ecclesiological implications (both ad intra and ad extra) for the Catholic Church. The following questions will be considered:

• In general, from a perspective of comparative ecclesiastical law, what is the relationship between the unity between various Christian churches/ecclesial communities and a common Easter date?

• What is the historical background of the legislation underlying the Easter date?

• What proposals existed prior to the Tridentine reforms to reform the Easter date?

• What laws of the various Orthodox churches and other ecclesial communities regulate this matter? What are their similarities and differences?

• How has the modern ecumenical movement fostered a movement toward unity in this matter?

• Is there a potential way forward that would serve the needs of unity amongst churches as well as safeguard the autonomy of different Christian groups to legislate on this subject?

Presenter: Father Albert P. Marcello, III, J.C.D. (Cand.) is a priest of the diocese of Providence, holding an S.T.B. and M.A. in Thomistic Studies from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, and a J.C.L. from the Catholic University of Louvain, where he is a doctoral candidate in canon law. He serves as a hospital chaplain as well as a tribunal official for several dioceses. He is also the manager of The Divinum Officium Project.

Discount Code for CLSA members: W62420

Discount Code for students and faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven: provided by the presenter or Georgia du Plessis.

Fee for all others: $10 US.

Please direct all questions about registration to Donna Miller at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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