Serie Diritto Canonico
JURAJ KAMAS, THE SEPARATION OF THE SPOUSES WITH THE BOND REMAINING. Historical and Canonical Study with Pastoral Applications
Discontinuation of conjugal and family life
is a very serious matter that affects not only the interpersonal relationship
between the spouses and the well-being of their children but also the common
good of society as a whole. Complex and sensitive questions concerning
many couples, whose common conjugal life has somehow ended, call for theological,
canonical and pastoral study. This dissertation attempts a partial response
to that call as well as a small contribution to understanding of the Church's
present legislation on the separation of spouses. The novelty of the work
lies in its presentation of the many facets of the theme and its theological,
anthropological, historical, substantive and procedural canonical elements.
The concept of marital separation has existed in the Church for centuries. The Code of Canon Law recognizes that certain situations call for the suspension of common life. The principle of indissolubility is not violated in the case of separated or divorced but not remarried persons. Their status does not put any obstacle regarding reception of the sacraments. They are to be a subject of special pastoral care.
JURAJ KAMAS, born in Michalovce, Slovak
Republic, in 1958, was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Koice
in 1984 after completing his studies at the St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty
in Bratislava. He worked in several parishes and in the marriage tribunal
before going on to study canon law. He earned a licentiate in 1994 and
doctorate in 1997, both from the Gregorian University in Rome.
(C) PUG 1999