The Catholic University of America

Rev. Robert J. Kaslyn, S.J., S.T.L., J.C.D.

Dean of the School of Canon Law
Phone Number: 202-319-5492
Fax Number: 202-319-4187

  • Academic Background

    Robert J. Kaslyn is a member of the New York Province, Society of Jesus and earned his S.T.B. and S.T.L. degrees at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. The title of his licentiate thesis, in systematic theology and under the direction of the Rev. Daniel Donovan, is Karl Rahner's Theology of Sacrament.
    Father Kaslyn earned his doctorate in canon law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. His doctoral dissertation was published as “Communion with the Church” and the Code of Canon Law by The Edwin Mellon Press  with a foreword by Avery Dulles, S.J.
  • Biography

    Courses taught: General Norms, Official Ministry, Constitutional Law, Canon Law and Sacramental Ministry, Ecumenism, Sacramental Law, Ordained Ministry, Vatican II and the Code of Canon Law, Readings in Official Church Governance

    Areas of specialization: Ecclesiology and the Sacrament of Orders

    Professional memberships/activities: Canon Law Society of America, Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, Canadian Canon Law Society, Editorial consultant for Studia Canonica, Editorial consultant for The Jurist, Canonical advisor to religious superiors and institutes, individuals and law firms

  • Publications

    Major publications:
    "Communion with the Church" and the Code of Canon Law. Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellon Press, 1994.
    The Jurist, Studia Canonica, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions

    Recent publications:
    Kaslyn, Robert. "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? Understanding the Complementary Relationship between Canon Law and Moral Theology." Accepted for publication in Daimon.
    Kaslyn, Robert. "The ordination of members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life"; "Irregularities and Impediments [that is, to the Sacrament of Orders]"; and "Title of Ordination." Dictionary entries submitted and accepted for the proposed Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico, Instituto Martín de Azpilcueta, Facultad de Derecho Canónico, Universidad de Navarra.
    Kaslyn, Robert. "The Jesuit Ministry of Publishing: Overview of Guidelines and Praxis." Submitted to the Provincial, New York Province, Society of Jesus for dissemination among Jesuits.
    Kaslyn, Robert. "Two Incardination Processes: Initial and Subsequent Alteration." Accepted for Publication in the Canon Law journal published by Peter's Institute in India.
    Kaslyn, Robert. "Accountability of Diocesan Bishops: A Significant Aspect of Ecclesial Communion." The Jurist 67 (2007) 109-152.