Marriage and Canon Law
The purpose of this course is to explore the canonical profile of marriage articulated in the 1983 Code of Canon Law in light of a nuptial sacramental theology and the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council. To this end, the first part of the course addresses the basic historical and methodological issues necessary for discerning the relationship between canon law and theology, and for understanding correctly the nature of canon law's mission in the life of the Church. The second part of the course specifically considers the canonical principles and issues relevant to the pastoral care of marriage, especially the implications of the sacrament's theological and juridical elements for annulments, dissolutions, and convalidations. In this regard, special attention is given to the adequacy of matrimonial jurisprudence in American tribunals.
Course Texts for Fall 2017
- Compendium, available through University Readers
- Gaudium et spes