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Rafael Domingo Osle

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Authors: Domingo, Rafael, (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: ECCLESIASTICAL LAW JOURNAL
ISSN 0956-618X  Vol. 20  Nº 2  2018  pp. 158 - 172
This article provides a general account of the universal law of sanctions in the Roman Catholic Church. The crisis of the Catholic Church caused by clergy sexual abuse of minors has revealed, among other things, the widespread well-intentioned but naive inclination to resort to penal law as opposed to any theology of mercy and forgiveness. Although the author argues that penal law has a proper place in the Catholic Church, he considers that in a voluntary community that shares a homogeneous system of moral values without strong penalties involving deprivation of liberty - a community like the Catholic Church - moral and administrative sanctions could be more effective than penal sanctions. A distinction between administrative sanctions and penal sanctions, and therefore between administrative tribunals (should they be established) and penal tribunals, is highly recommended.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael, (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: OXFORD JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION
ISSN 2047-0770  Vol. 7  Nº 2  2018  pp. 230 - 249
This article explores potential applications of the body-soul-spirit metaphor in the legal realm. After a justification of the validity of the metaphor as a source of legal meaning, and an explanation of the trichotomy body-soul-spirit in the light of St Paul's letters and Edith Stein's writings, the author focuses on some current debates in which the use of the metaphor sheds new light. Based on this metaphor, the author argues for the respect of the law as a whole; the use of the spirit of foreign law by national legal systems; the living character of the constitutional body; the emergence of a global law founded on solidarity and not on the self-interest of nation states; the intrinsic link between law and love; and the reasonable interaction between human law and supra-rational (or divine) law.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION
ISSN 0748-0814  Vol. 32  Nº 1  2017  pp. 79 - 85
Authors: Domingo, Rafael, (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE DIREITO
ISSN 1807-1228  Vol. 13  Nº 3  2017  pp. 27 - 39
n this lecture, I will deal with the justification and the nature of the global human community as different from the international community of nation states. I divided the lecture in three parts. In the first part, I will provide four arguments for the legal establishment of this human global community. In the second part, I will describe the features of this global community from a legal perspective. In the third part I will make some proposals about how to organize the human global community.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: PERSONA Y DERECHO
ISSN 0211-4526  Vol. 74  2016  pp. 20 3- 221
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION
ISSN 0748-0814  Vol. 30  Nº 2  2015  pp. 176 - 193
This paper argues that secular legal systems need a better defined space for freedom of conscience because this important right has been crowded out by both freedom of religion and freedom of thought. Based on the principles of the Protestant Reformation, American constitutionalism expanded the idea of freedom of conscience to the point of making it almost interchangeable with freedom of religion. On the other hand, international law, followed by European constitutional law, reduced the political force of the concept of freedom of conscience by assimilating it to freedom of thought. And yet freedom of conscience cannot be treated just the same as either religious freedom or freedom of thought. By nature, the secular legal systems of political communities are moral, but nonreligious. So morality and religion affect legal systems in different ways. For this reason, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion should be protected using different legal devices. The so-called privilege of abstaining (beneficium abstinendi) best protects freedom of conscience; freedom of religion, by contrast, is appropriately protected by what I call the religious exception (exceptio religiosa). The consequences of applying these legal tools in particular cases, and their proper scopes, depend on the constitutional model of the political community in question. But in general, an increasingly globalized, diverse, and multicultural society demands a wider application of both these legal tools.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: SRAVNITELNOE KONSTITUTSIONNOE OBOZRENIE
ISSN 1560-7828  Nº 106  2015  pp. 11 - 29
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: ECCLESIASTICAL LAW JOURNAL
ISSN 0956-618X  Vol. 18  Nº 1  2015  pp. 14 - 35
This article addresses religion from a legal perspective. It argues that religious matters should be settled outside the secular legal system; otherwise, the secular legal system would not be truly secular. However, religion demands special protection as a public good and social value, as it constitutes an extrinsic constitutional limit of the legal. For a secular legal system, protecting religion ultimately means protecting human beings' pursuit of the suprarational. Protecting suprarationality has three important legal consequences: (a) suprarational acts in the strictest sense should never be validated as legal acts; (b) democratic communities should not use suprarational arguments in legal discourse; and (c) the secular legal system cannot regulate suprarationality or the essentials of the religious community. The protection of religion demands both a dualistic structure that distinguishes the political community from the religious community and the treatment of religion as a right: the right to religion.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: ECCLESIASTICAL LAW JOURNAL
ISSN 0956-618X  Vol. 16  Nº 2  2014  pp. 147 - 167
This article deals with the relation between God and the secular legal systems of Western liberal democracies. It provides a normative argument for the compatibility of God and secular legal reasoning. In our age, in which believing in God is no longer socially axiomatic and the right to religious freedom protects all kinds of theistic and non-theistic religious beliefs, creeds and first philosophies, it seems contrary to religious neutrality for secular legal systems to single out God. This article instead argues that, although God and religion are inextricably intertwined, they affect the legal system in different ways because they are ontologically different. God cannot be reduced to a mere component of theistic religion. A proper understanding of secularisation might call for keeping God outside the legal system but not for driving God out of the public sphere of democratic societies. Secular legal systems are not atheist legal systems; they are legal systems without religion' but not without God'. Secularisation implies some degree of minimal recognition of God as a metalegal concept. The specific degree of recognition of God appropriate for any given political community depends on its cultural and communitarian identity and should be subject to the rules of democratic procedures and majorities. This is the metalegal God.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: ICON-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
ISSN 1474-2640  Vol. 12  Nº 1  2014  pp. 226 - 247
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: JOURNAL OF CHURCH AND STATE
ISSN 0021-969X  Vol. 56  Nº 3  2014  pp. 427 - 453
An essay is presented that discusses religious freedom in relation to the notion of laïcite, advocating a legal system that recognizes religious pluralism. Topics include the notion of transcendence in relation as an aspect of religious freedom, the dual relation between political community and religious communities, and the legal regulation of religious freedom.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION
ISSN 0748-0814  Vol. 29  Nº 3  2014  pp.  526 - 534
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: OXFORD JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION
ISSN 2047-0770  Vol. 2  Nº 2  2013  pp. 371 - 392
Abstract¿According to Ronald Dworkin, the right to freedom of religion is a mere implication of a more general right of ethical independence in foundational matters. For Dworkin, just as a particular religion cannot be treated as special in politics, religion cannot be considered sui generis in the political arena. This article argues that the right of religious freedom should be regarded as sui generis. The epistemological and ethical theories that support a Dworkinian approach to religious freedom are reductive and misconceived. These theories close the door to transcendent meaning and revealed religion, to a conception of religion as a fact and a value. The Dworkinian paradigm does not sufficiently protect the principles of pluralism and self-determination that are at the heart of religious freedom. Finally, this article argues that, when properly understood, the right to religious freedom is based on ethical autonomy and the unity of the person rather than on Dworkin's theories of ethical independence and the unity of value.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: REVISTA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
ISSN 2218-9459  Nº 4  2013  pp. 11 - 38
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: CHICAGO JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
ISSN 1529-0816  Vol. 12  Nº 2  2012  pp. 567 - 587
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: REVISTA ESPAÑOLA DE DERECHO CONSTITUCIONAL
ISSN 0211-5743  Nº 96  2012  pp. 99 -123
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Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: NUEVA REVISTA DE POLITICA, CULTURA Y ARTE
ISSN 1130-0426  Nº 140  2012  pp. 37 - 46
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
ISSN 0938-5428  Vol. 22  Nº 3  2011  pp. 627-647
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: REVISTA JURIDICA DEL NOTARIADO
ISSN 1132-0044  Nº 73  2010  pp. 729 - 732
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: REVISTA JURIDICA DEL NOTARIADO
ISSN 1132-0044  Nº 74  2010  pp. 517 - 519
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Journal: REVISTA JURIDICA DEL NOTARIADO
ISSN 1132-0044  Nº 73  2010  pp. 725 - 728
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Pope Benedict XVI's Legal Thought. A Dialogue of the Foundation of Law
2015  pp. 46 - 56
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Religious Rights
2015  pp. 72 - 103
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  La legge di re Salomone : ragione e diritto nei discorsi di Benedetto XVI
2013  pp. 154 - 166
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Diccionario Biográfico Español
Vol. XXXVIII  2012  pp. 815 - 817
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico
Vol. II  2012  pp. 186 - 189
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico
Vol. I  2012  pp. 670 - 671
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Title: Auctoritas
Book title:  Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico
Vol. I  2012  pp. 553 - 556
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico
Vol. I  2012  pp. 625 - 626
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Diccionario Biográfico Español
Vol. XXVII  2011  pp. 173 - 174
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Diccionario Biográfico Español
Vol. XX  2011  pp. 738 - 739
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
Book title:  Repensar la Escuela del CSIC de Roma: cien años de memoria
2010  pp. 535-547
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
2016 
Summary: This timely book offers a theistic approach to secular legal systems and demonstrates that these systems are neither agnostic nor atheist. Critical but succinct in its approach, this book focuses on an extensive range of liberal legal approaches to religious and moral issues and subjects them to critical scrutiny from a secular perspective. Expertly written by a leading scholar, the author offers a rare combination of profundity of ideas and simplicity of expression. It is a ringing defense of the theistic conception of secular legal systems and an uncompromising attack on the agnostic and atheist conception.
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
2010 
Authors: Domingo, Rafael;
2010