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Kowal, Wojciech   Kowal, Wojciech
Associate Professor
Program: Canon Law
Office : GIG 358
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 4023

Research Activities:

Interpretation of Ecclesiastical Laws; Philosophical Foundations of Legal Systems; Special Marriage Cases and Procedures; Administrative Recourse; Methodology of Canon Law


M.Th. (Poznań),
M.Ph. (Lublin),
J.C.D. (Saint Paul),
Ph.D. (canon law) (Ottawa)
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Courses taught:

Theology of canon law
Philosophy of law
Special Marriage Cases and Procedures: separation, convalidation, etc.
Internal Ordering of Particular Churches: Administrative issues – Parishes
Introduction to Canon Law and Sacramental Law
Seminar on Chancery Practice
Ecclesiastical Administration I: Recourse, etc.
Penance, Orders, Other Acts of Worship
The Canonical Legacy of John Paul II
Christ’s Faithful
Public Ecclesiastical Law
Administrative Recourse
Foundations of Canon Law: canonical methodology, history of canonical sources and institutions
Particular Churches and Bishops



(with W.H. WOESTMAN), Special Marriage Cases and Procedures: Ratified and Non-Consummated Marriage, Pauline Privilege, Favour of the Faith, Separation of Spouses, Validation, Presumed Death, 4th rev. and updated ed., with appendices, Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, 2008, xii, 355 p.

Understanding Canon 17 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law in Light of Contemporary Hermeneutics, Lewiston, NY, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2000, viii, 200 p.


“XVI-wieczne normy kanoniczne odnoszące się do małżeństw poligamicznych: historia i teraźniejszość” (Sixteenth Century Canonical Norms for Polygamous Marriages: History and Present), dans Studia theologica Varsaviensia, vol. 49, no. 2 (2011), pp. 29–42.

“Quelques remarques sur la discipline de la dissolution de mariages en faveur de la foi,” in Studia canonica, 43 (2009), pp. 161–181.

“The Presumption of the Validity of a Marriage,” in Studia canonica, 42 (2008), pp. 181–203; published also in V.G. D’SOUZA (ed.), In the Service of Truth and Justice, Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Augustine Mendonça Professor Emeritus, Bangalore, Centre of Canon Law Studies, St Peter’s Pontifical Institute, 2008, pp. 249–274.
“Moral Certainty and Truth Justification,” in The Jurist, 65 (2005), pp. 146–180.

“Norms for Preparing the Process for the Dissolution of the Matrimonial Bond in Favour of the Faith,” in Folia canonica, 8 (2005), pp. 89–118.

“Power of the Church to Dissolve the Matrimonial Bond in Favour of the Faith,” in Studia canonica, 38 (2004), pp. 411–438; published also in P. COGAN (ed.), Sacerdotes iuris (Digestæ 1.1): Miscellanea in Honour of William H. Woestman, O.M.I., Ottawa, Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, 2005, pp. 67–94.