| Year 1991 Canonical Studies
1. Persons Incompetent
to contract Marriage (Mendonca)
Marriage is a natural institution and, unless otherwise impeded by law, all persons
have the natural right to marry. The Church upholds this fundamental right in Can.
1058 of the revised Code of Canon Law which reads: “All persons who are not prohibited
by law can contract marriage”. The term “law” here implies both natural and positive
law whether ecclesiastical or civil.....
2. The Concept of Natural
Justice in civil Law (Stanislaus Lobo)
Disciplinary action in part of administration. The one who appoints a worker has
the right and power to remove or punish. But this right cannot be used in an unjust
or arbitrary manner. Over the years, with the growing awareness of this, the right
has been circumscribed in various ways:
-by proper procedure: in which both the substantive and procedural laws have to
be scrupulously observed;.....
3. Updating of the Civil
Marriage Laws For Christians in India (MSGR. William Nazareth)
Marriage laws for Christians in India are outdated, the Indian Christian Marriage
Act having been promulgated in 1872, and the Indian Divorce Act in 1869. Laws can
never be static. Society conditions keep on changing and laws have to keep pace
with such changes if they are to be in tune with the ties. Radical changes are hence
required to be made in these Acts to meet the present needs of the Christian community......
4. Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Since 1983, five sentences have been published by the Rota which deal specifically
with cases involving alcohol (3) and drug (2) dependence. In two of alcohol dependence
cases, there is also consideration of depressive neurosis and gambling. Authors
of these sentences seem to make a conscious effort to draw relevant information
from North American clinical or psychiatric sources. Nevertheless, the approaches
adopted by them in analyzing the clinical data and juridic impact are distinctly
different. These approaches make these sentences more interesting and informative
on the issues under consideration.......