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010097 SE You shall not fail (actually) "Secret" processes in the Church? (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Die Lehrveranstaltung erfolgt in deutscher Sprache.



Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

From Nov 5th digital teaching will take place via moodle.

Thursday 08.10. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 7 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Thursday 05.11. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 7 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5


Aims, contents and method of the course

Why didn't you want to have children? How regularly did you have marital sexual intercourse? Did you suspect even before the wedding that you were mentally unstable? These and many other very personal questions are answered by hundreds of believers every year when they appear before church marital tribunals. It is not uncommon that the accusation is raised that the Church is acting in secret about marriage annulment and other procedures without publicity and based on written principle.
Book VII of CIC 1983 provides procedures to safeguard individual rights and to impose sanctions if grave violations of the law occur.
The Seminar is intended to present the history and organization of the ecclesiastical courts (static part) and the structure of the canonical process (dynamic part). The focus lies on the marriage nullity procedure. Its reform by Pope represents the most legally significant reform of the current pontificate.
In addition, the Seminar deepens questions on ecclesiastical marital law (canons 1055-1165). Starting from the canons, pastoral questions are asked in connection with the canonical norms and its importance in marriage nullity processes. In pastoral praxis marriage law questions frequently arise and the Seminar is particularly suitable as an introduction to the work of ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, presentation, discussion leading and seminar paper according to scholarly standards.Regular attendance, presentation, discussion leading and reflection paper according to scholarly Standards;

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Assessment: 60% presentation, active participation in discussions.
20 % cases via moodle / elaboration of a judgement
20 % written reflection
All partial performances of the course have to show a positive grade for successful completion of the course.

Examination topics

Für die Reflexionsarbeit gelten die Kriterien der fakultätsinternen Arbeitshilfe "Formalia der schriftlichen wissenschaftlichen Arbeit" (Raphaela Pallin)

Reading list

Aymans – Mörsdorf – Müller, Kanonisches Recht. Lehrbuch aufgrund des Codex Iuris Canonici. Band IV: Vermögensrecht, Sanktionsrecht und Prozessrecht, Paderborn u.a. 2013, §§ 188-228

Müller, Ludger, Das kirchliche Ehenichtigkeitsverfahren nach der Reform von 2015, Paderborn 2017

Althaus, Rüdiger / Prader, Josef / Reinhardt, Heinrich J. F:, Das Kirchliche Eherecht in der seelsorgerischen Praxis : Orientierungshilfen für die Ehevorbereitung und Krisenberatung ; Hinweise auf die Rechtsordnungen der Ostkirchen und auf das islamische Eherecht. 5. überarb. und Aktualisierte Aufl., Essen 2014.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM

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