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Dignitas connubii a 10 anni dalla pubblicazione: bilancio e prospettive

International Congress

Rome, January 22-23-24, 2015

After a decade since the entrance into force and the use of a norm, already a sufficient amount of time has passed to assess the account of its application and especially to identify any deficiencies or imperfections.

Therefore, the Congress, dedicated to the Instruction Dignitas connubii, has the aim of deepening its theoretical dimension. However, the primary goal is to create the space for sharing the experiences of its application in the ecclesiastical tribunals in different parts of the world. Such insights and sharing seek, at its base, to provide a scientific and practical contribution to Pope Francisí solicitation to further reflect on the treatment of marriage annulment cases.

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The Congress, organized by the Canon Law Faculty with the patronage of Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and of the Consociatio Internationalis Studii Iuris Canonici Promovendo, will be held just ten years after the publication of the Instruction (January 25, 2005). Its speakers will include the best specialists of procedural law from the Pontifical Universities and lawyers from the ecclesiastical tribunals of America, Asia, and Europe.

It will consist of two and half days of work, articulated in five sessions. The first two sessions will be dedicated to the deepening of the history of the drafting of Dignitas connubii, the juridical nature of the Instruction, and to other, more theoretical, themes. The following sessions will center on the experience of its application: foremost from the perspective of the central judicial and legislative Bodies of the Church, but then also those perspectives of the local tribunals in the different countries of America, India, and in the singular countries of Europe.

The desire to make a balance sheet and to discover the perspectives, as is announced by the theme of the Congress, signifies a diligent reflection on the processes of matrimonial nullity and on providing more effective assistance to marriages and the spouses that find themselves in difficulty. Therefore, the methodology of work intends not only to give a forum to different schools or lines of interpretation but also to provide, in the single sessions, plenty of space for the sharing of the applicative experiences, for exchanges and debates.

The invitation to the Congress is directed in a particular way to the Judges, Defenders of the Bond, Lawyers and to the other ministers of ecclesiastical justice. Moreover, it would be reciprocally beneficial the participation of the Professors of Canon Law and the students of canonical disciplines, especially those from the Faculties of Canon Law.