1. First he defined
aequitas as a synthesis of justice and mercy: "Aequitas
dulcore misericordiae temperata" -
aequitas is a principle for exceptional situations, but an everywhere
pervading element of
justice in canon law.
2. "Aequitas vero est media
inter rigorem et dispensationem sive misericordiam"
- aequitas is not simply identified with misericordia but in the middle
between rigorous application of canonical rules and a dispensation from
3. "Aequitas est modus rationabilis,
regens sententiam et rigorem, haec enim est aequitas, quam iudex, qui
minister iuris est, semper debet habere pro oculis."
Aequitas is a rational use of legal rules, and excludes all kinds of
arbitrary jurisprudence in the practice of ecclesiastical courts. "'Rigor
iuris' without aequitas was for Hostiensis nothing but 'excessus iuris'."
Peter Landau, “‘Aequitas’ in the ‘Corpus
iuris canonici’,” Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce