Historical Dictionary of Canon Law in Hispanic America and the Philippines,
16th -18th century (DCH)

Research Project

The Ius Canonicum in the New World, as well as all the legal order in Hispanic America and the Philippines, reproduced from the beginning the legal system from Europe - especially Castilla – and it was immediately adapted and reinterpreted through numerous special regulations for the new territories. Framed in the context of Ius Patronatus of the Catholic Monarchy, this legal order emerged in various areas overlapping completely with the traditional inventory of Canon Law.

Despite the importance of the Church, its mission and canon law in Latin-American history, we still find large gaps in research on this legal order. It is only roughly known how far it was reproduced and established the law by the Spanish Crown and the Apostolic See. However, the local juridical development, Custom and the creation of norms by local or regional councils set up new particular institutions. In the same time, various disciplines show a great demand for reliable information on basic concepts of Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Law in Early Modern Hispanic America and the Philippines. To build a history of this legal system, it is important a historical semantics written from local sources and individuals, becoming necessary to analyze which were the specific configurations that come out of the universal and particular law in specific historical and local contexts.

The Historical Dictionary of Canon Law in Hispanic America and the Philippines (DCH) provides researchers from various fields a comprehensive study of canonical discipline from primary sources of these religious regulations, updated according to recent historiography. It offers a work and consultation tool for a better understanding of the terms of Canon Law in Hispanic America from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, which intends to facilitate historical, ethnological, theological and legal research.

From a series of primary sources, it has been developed a thesaurus, comprising 120 voices, that seeks to give a full and particular scenario on the constitutive terms of this legal order in the New World. Articles are worked on the base of a corpus of sources, which circulated widely in Hispanic America and the Philippines in the period studied.

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