| Canonical Studies, 1998, pp. 11-36

TOWARDS AN INDIAN MATRIMONIAL JURISPRUDENCE: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TRIBAL MARRIAGES

(Fr. Jos de Cuyper)


HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

If today the Canon Law Society of India can with genuine pride look back at ten years of steady growth, resulting in a membership of 160 canonists, the merits go no doubt to the vision and inspiring leadership of Oswald Cardinal Gracias, and his team of close collaborators. To this can be added that the way had been prepared ten years earlier, when the Bombay Archdiocese hosted two courses in Canon law in 1977 at the same venue where today the 10th General Conference of the Canon Law Society of India has been held, St. Pius X Seminary, Goregaon.

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2. A CULTURAL APPROACH TO INDIAN MARRIAGE CASES (Fr. Augustine Mendonca )

Marriage is not an abstract concept but a reality rooted I human nature. The need for companionship and its natural orientation towards offspring were recognized in the very creation of the human being. The human nature with its natural orientations becomes incarnate within concrete circumstances of God’s creation. It finds its unique expression in and through the particular socio-cultural conditions of time and place. Therefore it is not possible fully to understand the nature of marriage without first knowing how, in accordance with Gods design, it has taken its distinct form in diverse ....