1. Nature of Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases

The Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases is meant for those who do not intend to follow the entire Licentiate syllabus, but prefer to concentrate on a few courses related to the organization of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases.

2. Rationale of the Course

It has been observed that most dioceses in Africa in general and the AMECEA Region in particular, are lacking ecclesiastical tribunals. The need of training the necessary personnel who will serve in the ecclesiastical tribunals is more and more felt. In fact, many marriage cases remain unattended by the Church, especially in African context. It is therefore time that the Institute of Canon Law offered to the dioceses of AMECEA the opportunity of training ecclesiastical tribunal officials to address the juridico-pastoral needs of the faithful.

3. Objectives of the Course

The Diploma in Ecclesiastical Tribunal and Matrimonial Cases aims at equipping students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to competently organize the matrimonial tribunals of the first and second instances and to instruct the matrimonial cases in view of solving the difficulties regularly occurring in canonical marriage.

4. Admission Requirements

The admission requirement is the completion of Secondary education with a mean grade allowing entry into a university in one’s country. The candidate must be recommended by the local Ordinary or by a lawful Superior.

5. Duration of the Course

The duration of the course will be one trimester.

6. Course Requirements             

A curriculum of 7 courses shall be the requirement of the course. This curriculum will be complemented by a Case Study of 10 000 to 16 000 words on a matrimonial case by the candidate under the direction of a supervisor appointed by the Academic Board from among lecturers of the Institute.

7. Learning Outcomes of the Course

At the end of this course the student will be able:

To explain the scope, the purpose, the functions of Canon Law;

To give an account of the history of Canon Law;

To relate the Institutions of Canon Law;

To explain the nature of marriage;

To analyze the matrimonial impediments, the defects of the consent and the canonical form of marriage;

To understand the pastoral character of the marriage nullity process, the juridic character of the ecclesiastical marriage nullity process and the binding force of the instruction;

To apply the medico-legal aspects of the canonical marriage;

To organize an ecclesiastical tribunal;

To relate proof and defense in the process of nullity of the canonical marriage;

To instruct a matrimonial case;

To judge a matrimonial case and draw the sentence decree.

8. Courses on Offer

JC-DET 100: General Introduction to Canon Law                - 3 Credits

JC-DET 101: Canonical Marriage                                      - 3 Credits                

JC-DET 102: Instruction Dignitas Connubii (I)                    -  3 Credits                

JC-DET 103: Instruction Dignitas Connubii ( II )                 -  3 Credits                

JC-DET 104: Medico-Legal Aspects of Canonical Marriage - 3 Credits                

JC-DET 105: Procedures for Formal Matrimonial Cases     - 3 Credits                

JC-DET 106: Proof and Defense in The Process of Nullity of Canonical Marriage - 3 Credits                

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