This programme of study provides a specialised interdisciplinary course – theological, canonical, psychological, social – for the formation of professional personnel working in Church Tribunals and Civil Courts as well as in marriage-related services and in family ministry. It presents an in-depth study of Matrimonial Canon Law and Jurisprudence as well as canonical judicial processes, thereby better enabling the participants in their respective pastoral ministries and forensic professions.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:
(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in a discipline related to Theology, Laws, Social Work, or Psychology, and any other area as deemed relevant by the Board or
(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in sub-paragraph (a).
Applicants in possession of a degree classified with Third Class Honours or Category III in a discipline related to Theology, Laws, Social Work or Psychology and any other area as deemed relevant by the Board may also be admitted, provided that they have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2018.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge Understanding • understand and accept the Christian vision of the human person • understand and define the Church’s legislation on marriage • understand and identify the various grounds of nullity and possibilities of dissolution of marriage • understand and explain the nature and mission of Church Tribunals as well as its judicial and procedural praxis
Application Understanding • examine the true nature of law and order in society • define the interdisciplinary and holistic view of marriage, with particular reference to Christian marriage • examine the nature and role of trials in society and in the Church • explore into the nature and importance of jurisprudence in the forensic praxis
Communication Skills • provide professional advice and legal assistance; • gather evidence during the instruction of a case; • argue a case from a legal and factual point of view.
Judgmental Skills • interpret and apply the law to concrete situations • critically evaluate marital situations assailed by psychological problems • individuate the possible sources of nullity of marriage • interpret and implement the dynamics of the contentious and penal (criminal) process
Learning Skills • identify and describe the Christian perspectives of the human person • explain the doctrinal, legal and procedural contents of canonical norms • explain the civil law framework as applied to marriage with special emphasis on the position in Malta and in the EU with reference to impact and effect of marriage law on the spouses as well as individual members of the family • identify the issues involved in the administrative, contentious and penal administration of justice
Autonomy and Responsibility • Dialogue between the legal profession and human sciences
This Master of Arts course is mainly addressed to professionals working in marriage-related services, family ministry and to forensic professionals, especially those intending to offer services in Church tribunals, and this in line with canonical requirements.
Participants who successfully follow this Course of Studies will be able to serve as Auditors in in Church Tribunals. Where participants also possess the required qualifications, they may assist clients in Church Tribunals as Advocates or carry out the functions of Defenders of the Bond. Today, there is also the possibility of lay Judges in Church Tribunals.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.
Last Updated: 15 March 2018
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