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TITLE Matrimonial Jurisprudence

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers a study of the various grounds of marriage nullity found in the Code of Canon Law: their treatment in canonical doctrine and studies and most of all in contemporary canonical Jurisprudence.

Study-unit Aims:

-- examines the role of jurisprudence as a source of law

-- gives a detailed analysis of the various grounds of nullity as interpreted and applied by Church tribunals, especially by the Tribunal of the Roman Rota.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

-- Understand and distinguish between the various grounds of nullity

-- Know the various doctrinal sources at the origins of such grounds

-- Appreciate the nature and importance of jurisprudence in forensic praxis

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

-- apply in a practical way what has been learned so far

-- Individuate the possible cause/s of nullity in concrete situations

-- Interpret and formulate one’s own arguments in favour of one’s opinion based on doctrinal and jurisprudential sources

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

-- The 1983 Code of Canon Law

-- Various Commentaries to the Code of Canon Law

-- The Malta Marriage Act

-- AA.VV., L’incapacità di assumere gli oneri essenziali del matrimonio, Studi Giuridici, XLVIII, LEV 1998

-- AA.VV., L’incapacità di intendere e di volere nel diritto canonico matrimoniale (can. 1095, nn. 1-2), Studi Giuridici, LII, LEV, 2000

-- AMATI ANGELO, Maturità psico-affettiva e matrimonio: can. 1095,2-3 del Codice di Diritto Canonico, LEV, 2001

-- BIANCHI P., Quando il matrimonio è nullo? Guida ai motivi di nullità matrimoniale per pastori, consulenti e fedeli, Ancora, 1998

--BROWN, R., Marriage annulment in the Catholic Church, 3ed. Mayhew 1990

--BURKE R.L. - GORCHOLEWSKI Z. - POMPEDDA M.F. - VERSALDI G., Incapacity for Marriage. Jurisprudence and Interpretation. Acts of the III Gregorian Colloquium, R.M.Sable, Coordinator and Editor, Rome 1987

-- CRISTIANO BARBERI – ALESSANDRA LUZZAGO – LUCIANO MUSELLI, Psicopatologia forense e Matrimonio Canonico, Studi Giuridici, vol. LXVII, LEV, 2005

-- WRENN L.G., The invalid marriage, CLSA, 1998

-- WRENN L.,G., Judging invalidity, CLSA, 2002

-- ZUANAZZI GIANFRANCESCO, Psicologia e psichiatria nelle cause matrimoniali canoniche, Studi Giuridici vol. LXXIII, LEV, 2006

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications
First Degree in Theol., Law, Psych., or Social Work

Pre-Requisite Study-units
Matrimonial Law; Matrimonial Consent


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Case Study (Take Home) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Bajada
Brendan Gatt
Kevin Schembri

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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