Communion with the Church by Degrees of Fullness
A Lecture Addressed to the
Theological Students' Association
of The Catholic University of America
by Father Jay Scott Newman, J.C.L.
Assistant Professor of Canon Law
at The Pontifical College Josephinum
18 April 2001
In his De Praescriptione Haereticorum, Tertullian famously asked with derision, "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?", meaning "What has philosophy to do with theology?" I begin with this reminder because, although I am here to address the Theological Students' Association, I am not a theologian; I am a canon lawyer. And some among you may well ask with derision, "What has canon law to do with theology?" It's a fair question, so before I explore the topic at hand today, I need briefly to digress and establish something of a lingua franca for our discussion.