Sentence of June 18, 1990 (Cork) (c. 1095, 2)


            After more than three years of courtship, with a formal engagement in Dec. 1971, Mary and Desmond were married on March 31, 1973. He apparently had some hesitations at the approach of marriage; but there was no pressure from either family, and the wedding seemed happy. However, he almost immediately showed an attitude of neglect to her which, after some three months when she expressed suspicions to him about another woman, intensified into one of rejection. Before a year from the wedding had elapsed, Mary returned to her parents' house, while Desmond left for Canada. In the following years, however, the parties were reconciled at least twice and had a child together; these facts came to light only in the present third instance.

Decree of June 11, 1992 (nullity of a sentence) [confidentiality]

[English version: Studia canonica, 26 (1992), 490-496]

I. The Facts

Decree of Jan 20, 1994 (Chilaw) (Nullity of Sentence)

[Studia canonica, 29 (1995), pp. 253-260]

I. The Facts

1.         The case before us is of a "traditional" marriage, arranged that is by the parents of the parties, who had a bare three months acquaintance. In fact, they actually saw one another twice only in the four weeks which intervened between the betrothal and the wedding itself, which took place on June 15, 1972 in X (Sri Lanka). At the time, Aeldred was twenty eight years old, while Fatima was twenty one. Although one child was born of their union, problems arose immediately between them. After unfaithfulness on the part of the woman, they came to a final separation in May 1978.

Decree of March 26, 1992 (new proposition of a case; nullity of a sentence)

[English version: Studia canonica, 26 (1992), pp. 487-489]

I. The Facts

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