Created by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo and canonically erected by the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Faculty of Canon Law aims to promote a thorough teaching and rigorous research in canonical science in harmony with Roman law, modern civil law and The African customs.
She thus trained experts in canon law in a spirit of service and full fidelity to the ecclesiastical Magisterium. These experts will also apply to the inculturation of canonical legislation in Africa, "without infringing the divine law and the great discipline of the Church".
In this perspective, the Faculty of Canon Law helps to resolve, at first, the urgent necessity of the African Church: - to provide the faculties, the various ecclesiastical higher institutes and the major seminaries with qualified personnel for the Course of Canon Law; - to put at the disposal of the ecclesiastical courts competent judicial personnel; - to provide the Bishops and Major Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and of Societies of Apostolic Life, specialists who can assist them in their respective governments.
To achieve these objectives, the courses are divided into three cycles: the graduate in 2 years, the 3-year license and the doctorate in at least 4 years, the first two of which are devoted to the Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA).
The degree program in Canon Law may be supplemented by that of the Agregation of Secondary Education, which entitles the license holder to teach in secondary schools.
The program of courses of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Catholic University of the Congo is established in accordance with Article 55 of the "Orders" of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education with a view to a concrete application of the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana and the decree by which the organisation of studies in the Faculties of Canon Law of the same Congregation is renewed.
The program of the first cycle, that is to say the graduate, consists of subjects divided into 4 axes: philosophical, theological, legal, languages and other related disciplines. It comprises general courses allowing the student to acquire a basis for the study of the Code of Canon Law.