Fall 2014 Course: Marriage and Canon Law

At the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester, Rev. Andrea D’Auria, F.S.C.B., former dean of the faculty of canon law at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, will offer a condensed course on Marriage and Canon Law, open to students at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, as well as students from neighboring institutions.

The course, which will meet three days per week from August 25 through September 19, will follow the outline below:

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.

For further information or to register for the course, please call 202-526-3799 or email the Office of the Registrar.