TSC 513 Invalidity of Marriage: Lack of Form, Canon 1686

Faculty: Rev. Jude Onogbosele, J.C.D. (Profile)


Lack of Form is without a doubt the most frequent of all marriage nullity cases, with one Midwest diocese doing 2,000 cases in one year. Canonical “form” for marriage provides that “only those marriages are valid which are contracted in the presence of the local ordinary or the pastor or a priest or deacon delegated by either of them, who assist, and in the presence of two witnesses, according to the rules expressed in the following canons, with due regard for the exceptions mentioned…” (c. 1108). The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to explain the unique nature of the Lack of Form case.

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