Rev. Prof. Michael Mullaney

Vice President, Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth


Ordained priest of the Diocese of Cashel and Emly in 1992. Doctorate in Canon Law with specialization in Rotal Jurisprudence, Gregorian University, Rome, in 2000. Lecturer in Canon Law at St Patrick’s College, Thurles (1998-2003), Milltown Institute, Dublin (1999-2005) and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth since 1999. Professor of Canon Law, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 2006. Registrar of the Pontifical University, Maynooth (2005-present). Chair of the Faculty of Theology Quality Review Committee (2006-2007). Judge of the National Marriage Appeals Tribunal of Ireland (2006-present). Member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Research Interests

Relationship between Church and State
Ecclesiastical Penal Procedures and Jurisprudence
Philosophy of law and human rights
Theology and Canon Law

Select Publications

  • Incardination and the Universal Dimension of the Priestly Ministry: A Comparison between the CIC 17 and CIC 83, Roma: Editrice Pontificia Università Gregoriana TG.DC 57, 2002.
  • E“Graviora delicta: The Duty to Report Clerical Sexual Abuse to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” in ITQ 68 (2003), 291-295.
  • “Ne Temere,” in Brian Lalor (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Ireland (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 2003), 776.
  • “Commentary on the Revised Decree No. 5: The Appointment of Parish Priests for a Specified-Term of Office,” Intercom 35/7 (2005), 10.
  • “Balancing Rights and Responsibilities in Our Children, Our Church,” The Furrow 57 (2006).
  • “Incardination and the universal dimension of the priestly ministry,” Periodica De Re Canonica 95 (2006), 567-595.

Current Research

  • Law in the various religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism)
  • Relationship between Church and State: the impact of secularism and new religious (non-Christian) minorities in Europe.
  • New trends in canonical jurisprudence
  • Current debate on the relationship between theology and canon law
  • Constitutions of new Associations of the Faithful and Ecclesial Movements
  • Structures of governance and lay participation in the exercise of ecclesiastical power
  • The exercise of rights in the Church
  • Particular law of Episcopal Conferences
  • The Permanent Diaconate: canonical perspectives


  • Law in the life of the Church
  • The Universal and Particular Church
  • Canon Law of the Sacraments (excluding marriage)
  • anon Law of Marriage
  • Church and Civil Society
  • Latin (Introductory and Intermediate levels)