Serie Diritto Canonico
FINTAN GAVIN, Pastoral Care in Marriage Preparation (Can. 1063). History, Analysis of the Norm and Its Implementation by Some Particular Churches
The Church's involvement in preparation for marriage of its members has developed and adapted in order to respond to the particular needs of the church community, especially of the couples preparing for marriage at different times in history. In this regard, canon 1063 of the new code is particularly significant for our own time. This study, which is in three parts, sets out to examine canon 1063, which deals with the pastoral care of marriage preparation.
The first part traces an outline history of the Church's involvement in the pastoral care of marriage preparation from the Church's beginnings up to the promulgation of the new code in 1983.
The second part of the study begins by examining the various schemas of what was to become canon 1063 of the new code. It goes on to analyse in some detail the canon itself as it was promulgated in 1983, drawing on Pope John Paul II's 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris consortio, the Pontifical Council's 1996 document on marriage preparation, along with other relevant material, highlighting the scope and possibilities for the pastoral care of marriage preparation contained in the canon. A number of the pastoral and canonical difficulties that arise are also addressed.
The final part explores how the provisions of canon 1063 have been implemented by some particular churches, through an analysis of the relevant legislation in Spain, Korea, Ireland and the United States.
FINTAN GAVIN was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland in 1991. He graduated with a Licence in Canon Law at the Gregorian University, Rome in 1999, where he also obtained a Doctorate specialising in Rotal Jurisprudence in 2003 with the presentation of this dissertation. He is currently serving in the Chancellor's Office, Dublin Archdiocese.
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