Canon Law Seminar organized by the Bishops' Institute for Orientation Studies, organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka, was held on 16th June 2016, at the auditorium of Caritas Sri Lanka - SEDEC. This was to discuss the Apsotolic Letter Motu Proprio of Holy Father Pope Francis,"MITIS IUDEX DOMINUS IESUS", by which the Canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to the cases regarding the Nullity of Marriage are reformed.
Addressing the Seminary His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that years ago there were only 3 or 4 cases in the marriage Tribunal to handle, but with the changes in the society now there are more cases to handle.
Pope Francis issued two Apostolic Letters motu proprio on Tuesday, by which he introduced reforms to the legal structures of the Church, which deal with questions of marital nullity. One of the Letters motu proprio, known by its Latin title, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus – or “The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge” – reforms the Code of Canon Law (CIC) governing the Latin Church, while the other, Mitis et misericors Iesus or “Clement and merciful Jesus” – reforms the Code of Canon Law for Oriental Churches (CCEO).
According to the prefatory remarks attached to both Letters, the reforms are the result of an expert group appointed to study the current state of law and practice in the Church as far as marriage law is concerned. The Holy Father goes on in the preface to explain that the reforms are guided by seven specific criteria.
The main address was done by Rev. Fr. Freely Muthukudarachchi, Vice Judicial Vicar and the Rector of St. Aloysius' Seminary. Several Bishops, the Judicial Vicar of the dioceses and several Fathers & Religious participated.