To acquire a basic knowledge of the theological doctrine and canonical praxis about marriage (CIC/1983, Book IV: sacraments – sacrament of marriage; Book VII: processes; related canons in CCEO/1990).
Course Outline: 1. Marriage Law in the history of the Church. 2. Sacrament of marriage in Canon Law: pastoral care before marriage; impediments and their dispensation; form of marriage; interritual celebrations of marriage: mixed marriage and secret marriage; matrimonial consent; effects of marriage. 3. Dissolution of marriage; privilege of faith. 4. Convalidation: simple convalidation, sanatio in radice. 5. Annulments a procedural law. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to define and explain the history, the theological doctrines and the juridical norms of matrimony in the Church. - Students will be able to interpret basic ecclesiastical doctrine and norms of matrimony and apply them in pastoral service for spouses in parishes. - Students will be able to distinguish between different cases of catholic spouses, mixed marriages and inter-ritual marriage and to deal with the canonical consequences for a valid marriage in Church. - Students will be able to recognize impediments, lacks of form and lacks of consent in different cases. - Students will be able to identify the pre-conditions for annulment cases. - This objective will be fulfilled by: attendance and active participation in the class; case studies and personal reading especially of the indicated bibliography; related class activities will be indicated from time to time.
Textbooks: Code of Canon Law, Latin-English edition. New English Translation (Washington, Canon Law Society of America 2012) (or another newer edition). Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Latin-English edition. New English Translation (Washington, Canon Law Society of America 2001) (or another newer edition). Bibliography: BEAL J.P.-CORIDEN J.A.-GREEN T.J. (Eds.), New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (New York-Mahwah, Paulist Press 2000); CAPARROS E.-THERIAULT M.-THORN J.-AUBE H. (Eds.), Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal and Woodrige, Wilson & Lafleur Ltée and Midwest Theological Forum 22004); CORIDEN J.A., An Introduction to Canon Law (London, Burns & Oats 2004); CRUZ O.V., Danger Signals: for Marriage Intents and Purposes (Mania, CBCP 2008); CRUZ O.V., Marriage Tribunal Ministry (Dagupan city, Johannine Press 1992); FRANCIS, Mitis et Misericors Iesus: Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio by which the Canons of the Code of Canons of Eastern Churches pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage are reformed (15/08/2015), Acta Apostolica Sedis 107, no. 9 (2015): 946-957; FRANCIS, Mitis Iudex Dominus Jesus: Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio by which the canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage are reformed (15/08/2015), Acta Apostolica Sedis 107, no. 9 (2015): 958-967; GHIRLANDA G., Il diritto nella Chiesa mistero di comunione. Compendio di diritto ecclesiale (Roma, Pontificia Università Gregoriana 42014); JORGENSEN G. (Ed.), Marriage Studies V. Sources in Matrimonial Law (Washington, Canon Law Society of America 2004); MARTÍN DE AGAR J.T., A Handbook on Canon Law (Montréal, Wilson & Lafleur Ltée 2007); MARZOA A.-MIRAS J.-RODRIGUEZ-OCANA R. (Eds.), Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, 8 vols. (Woodridge, Midwest Theological Forum 2004); POSPISHIL V.J., Eastern Catholic Church Law (Revised and Augmented edition. New York, Saint Maron Publications 1996); WRENN L., Judging Invalidity (Washington, Canon Law Society of America 2002); WRENN L., The Invalid Marriage (Washington, Canon Law Society of America 1998).