Systema poenale canonicum sicut aliae partes Codicis luris Canonici r;rofundae revisioni subiicitur; quae elementis fundamental!bus constitutivis naturae Ecclesiae necnon exigentiis vitae juridicae actuali societatis ecclesiasticae 'ideliter respondere debet. Hoc in sensu, praesens st:.Jdium fructus prolatae investigationis, intendit, in quantlim fieri potest, illuminare et solutiones afferre diversissimis problematibus quae circa hoc thema propol1untl .. r. Ad hunc finem obtinendum imprimis insufficientia systematis poenalis nunc vigentis ad solvendas situationes conflictivas actuales, qua e contra fidem et múres necnon contra ipsam unitatemEcclesiae attent~lnt, ostenditur; simul defectos normativi et technicae juridicae exponuntur qui atsi non justificant, saltem téilerr insufficientiam explicant. Doctrir.a circa naturam Ecclesiae, quae a Concilio Vaticano 11 proponitur, ut criterium illuminans illa principia fundamentalia ad constructionem systematis po enalis canonici adaequati principiis , quae initio pro ponebamus, considerari potest Studium et expositio valium principiorum partem praecipuam et extensiorem operis constituit. In conficiendo hoc opere semper prae occulis habuimus ea quae a Coetu Consultorum ad reformam libri V Codicls luris Canonici hoc in themate publicata sunt.--------------------------------------------------
The canonical penal system, like the other parts of the C.I.C., is being subrr,itted to a profound revision, on the basis of a fidelity towards the fundamental elements which con'ltitute the Ilature of the Church, and of a desire to respond to the exigencies of the dynamics of the actual juridical life of the ecclesiastical society. In this line, and upon the bases mentioned , this present work, fruit of a prolonged investigation, pretends to illuminate and salve, within the bounds of possibility, the rich problematic which such sn enterprise entails. For this, the starting point is to show the inefficacy in fact of the penal system in vigor in arder to salve the actual conflictive situations which are attempts against the Faith and Tradition, and against the very unity of the Church. At the same time, this work expounds upon normative defects and defects of juridical techniques, which, if they do not justify the aforementioned inefficacy, at least explain it. The facts about the nature of the Church, which are the apportation of Vatican Council 11, serve as the illuminating criteria of those principies, which the author considers as fundamental in the construction of an adequate canonical penal system, which is in accordance with the bases that were mentioned at the beginning. The study ano exposition of such principies
occupy the most important and most extensive part of the present work. For the elaboration of this work the aUJthor has taken into consideration everything which the Coetus consultorum, charged with the task of reforming Book V of the C.I.C., has published respective to the topic at hand.