The UST Faculty of Canon Law sponsored a lecture on the “Emerging Challenges to Family Life in the Perspective of Canon Law” as part of its 2017 Canon Law Week celebration. The lecture was held on February 10, 2017 at the Paredes Building, and featured an eminent scholar of Canon Law, Msgr. Konštanc Adam Miroslav, O.P., former Rector of Angelicum, Rome and presently a Judge in the Vatican’s Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota.

The lecture was focused on the developments in the Ecclesiastical Courts, particularly in the Matrimonial Courts, in response to the Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus that spelled out the reformed process for Canon causes of the declaration of nullity of marriage in the Code of Canon Law. The lecture provided the audience with a perspective of an expert who is immersed in the daily routine of the Roman Rota. The open forum was particularly enriching as it dealt with practical concerns arising from the reformed process.

Msgr. Adam emphasized the pastoral contribution of the reformed process, and invited Canon Law experts and Faculties to continue conducting courses outside the regular classroom instruction in order to provide venue for discussions especially on emerging concerns related to Ecclesiastical Laws. He also delivered the Keynote Lectures during the annual Convention of the Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP) held in Bicol last February.