encourage the legislation of individual states to converge towardsa recognition of fundamental human rights. The growth of a global juridic culture depends, for that matter, on a constant commitmentto strengthen the profound human content of ‘Internationalnorms.’”
In this context it is worth recalling the words of Jesus,“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Mt.5, 17).In a country like India it is a difficult task to explain the profundity and usefulness of laws. Observing laws help us to live peaceful and meaningful lives. Observing Church laws help us towalk in the path of salvation. This work is an attempt to examinethe concept of law from a salvific viewpoint on the basis of the
Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches
(CCEO). When weconsider this I would like to disagree to the view of Coriden, afamous canonist who said, “Canon law is not salvific; it is not acause of grace; it is not a measure of Christian life or of goodconscience; compliance with it is not specially pleasing to theLord. We are saved by faith and love. Salvation is not gained nor the Lord’s favor won by obeying the law either civil or canon.”
Here Coriden opines that law as such does not impart any grace.However it is good to quote Prof. Salachas who said, “The CanonLaw is law of grace, the firm and certain guide which leads anddirects the faithful towards grace.”
None can deny the salvificinstrumentality of the laws of the Church. Since the Church is thesacrament of salvation its laws can be nothing else except trueindicators to the mystery of salvation. Nowadays the law is oftenthought of as a rigid code designed to limit human freedom or atleast human behaviour, however, this is not a proper understandingof law. According to the original Christian view, law has a morehuman and equitable meaning.
1.BENEDICT XVI, “Message for the World Peace day 2008”2.CORIDEN, “Law in Service to the People of God”, 5.3.SALACHAS,