| Year 2001 Canonical Studies

1. Inaugural address, Role of Canonists in the best and worst times

(Most Rev. Dr. Devadas Ambrose Bishop of Thanjavur)

Inaugural Address:

“It has been the best of times andIt has been the worst of times”: Thus begins Charles Dickens, his famous novel “A Tale of Two Cities”.

We are in the best of times – when the Catholics of India, particularly Diocese of Thanjavur is looking towards 2002 for the 10th celebration of World Day of the Sick, at Lourdes of the East, the Well known Marian pilgrimage center in South India, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanni. I, with immense joy and happiness welcome you all, the members of the Canon Law Society of India, to this historic holy shrine. Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II has invited all to this shrine to walk .....

2. Substantial Conformity of Sentences (Prof. Augustine Mendonca)


In normal circumstances, an application for declaration of invalidity of a marriage is intended to ascertain, through a definitive decision of the Church, the canonical marital status of the parties in order to contract another marriage in accordance with the norms of ecclesiastical law. Canon 1684, §1 (CCEO c. 1370, §1) implicitly affirms this expectation of a petitioner whenit states: “After the judgement which first declared the nullity of the marriage has been confirmed on appeal, either by decree or by another judgement, those persons whose marriage has been declared invalid may contract a new marriage.....

3. The Introductory Phase in Matrimonial Nullity Process (Rev. Dr. Victor George D’Souza)


The term process has a number of meanings. Etymologically, it signifies a progressive motion or a forward movement. In the context of a legal trial, it refers to a series of successively ordained acts that tend towards resolving a controversy. Process may be defined as the juridic discussion of particular cases by a competent judge or superior according to a legitimate and special form. The form is legitimate because law prescribes it. In addition to the general procedural forms, such as, ordinary contentious ......