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TITLE Church Legislation on Marriage

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The objective of this study-unit is to introduce students to the canonical doctrine on marriage and to help them familiarise themselves with the norms of the Catholic Church which regulate this sacrament. Students will also be introduced to Marriage Tribunal work dealing with marriage nullity and dissolution procedures as well as with canonical jurisprudence.

Reading List:

AA.VV., Matrimonio canonico fra tradizione e rinnovamento, Collana: Il Codice del Vaticano II, diretta da A. Longhitano, Edizioni Dehoniane, Bologna 2nd Ed., 1991.

AA. VV., Diritto Matrimoniale Canonico, Vol. I, Studi Giuridici, LVI, LEV, Citta del Vaticano, 2002.

AA. VV., Diritto Matrimoniale Canonico, Vol. II: Il Consenso, Studi Giuridici, LVI, LEV, Citta del vaticano, 2002.

AA.VV., Diritto Matrimoniale Canonico, Vol. III, Studi Giuridici, LXIII, Città del Vaticano, 2005.

BERSINI F., Il Nuovo Diritto Canonico Matrimoniale. Commento giuridico-teologico-pastorale, 3ed., Torino 1985.

CASTAÑO J.F., Il Sacramento del Matrimonio, Roma 1992.

PAOLO MONETA, Il Matrimonio nel Nuovo Diritto Canonico, ECIG, 1986, ISBN 88-7545-180-X

LUIGI CHIAPPETTA, Il Matrimonio nella nuova Legislazione Canonica e Concordataria: Manuale giuridico-pastorale, Dehoniane 1990, ISBN 88-3960306-9

GERALD T. JORGENSEN (editor), Marriage Studies, Volume V: Sources in Matrimonial Law, Canon law Society of America, 2004.

D’AURIA ANGELO, Il Consenso Matrimonial. Dottrina e giurisprudenza canonica, Aracne Roma 2007.

D’AURIA ANGELO, Il Matrimonio nel Diritto della Chiesa: commento ai canoni 1055-1165 del Codice di Diritto canonico, Lateran U. Press, 2003.

D’AURIA ANGELO, Gli Impedimenti Matrimoniali, Lateran Unviersity Press, 2002

SABBARESE L., Il Matrimonio Canonico nell’ordine della natura e della grazia, Urbaniana U. press, 2006.

SCICLUNA Ch., The Essential Definition of Marriage according to the 1917 and 1983 Codes of Canon law, An Exegetical and Comparative Study, University Press of America, 1995.

WOESTMAN W.H., Special Marriage Cases: Non-consummation, Pauline Privilege, Favour of the faith, Separation of spouses, Validation-Sanation, Presumed death, St Paul University, Ottawa, 3ed., 1994.

WRENN L.G., The Invalid Marriage, Canon law Society of America, 1998.

WRENN L..G., Judging invalidity, Canon law Society of America, 2002.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Kevin Schembri

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