Serie Diritto Canonico
ROBERT GEISINGER, On the Requirement of Sufficient Maturity for Candidates to the Presbyterate (c. 1031 §1), with a Consideration of Canonical Maturity and Matrimonial Jurisprudence (1989-1990)
«Maturitas» and «canonical maturity» escape definition. Can one speak instead of «presbyteral maturity», or of «matrimonial maturity»? Maybe. In Codex Iuris Canonici 1983, canon 1031 §1’s «sufficienti gaudeant maturitate» serves up a history rich in connotation, though the phrase itself is an innovation. «Matrimonial maturity», a notably less accessible concept, lacks CIC 1983 expression, having surfaced primarily in Rotal jurisprudence of recent decades. Uncertain standards for what constitutes a «sufficiency» or a «minimum» compound a more basic confusion as to what might constitute «maturity». Recent discourse between the social sciences and theology perhaps has created an ambiguity not previously associated with presbyteral maturity, and has exacerbated the ambiguity currently associated with the notion of matrimonial maturity developing in praxis.
This critical primary-source investigation recovers the historical and canonical tradition of «presbyteral maturity»; examines working concepts of «matrimonial maturity» across sixty Rotal sentences (1989-1990), in the words of the judges themselves; and treats in-depth the canonical analogies possible between Roman Catholic priesthood and marriage.
xxROBERT GEISINGER, S.J., was born in 1958 in Parma, Ohio (USA), the youngest among two brothers and four sisters. Having studied for nine years (1963-1972) under the superb guidance of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, he later earned other degrees. He then studied canon law at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University (1990-1994). A former cinema palace assistant manager, automobile assembly-line worker, rural radio journalist, and high school teacher, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1991. From late 1994 through 1997, he served as Associate Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and as a Presiding Judge in the Chicago Metropolitan Tribunal, in addition to his priestly ministry in two parishes.
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