Judicial year of the Maltese Ecclesiastical Tribunals inaugurated
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In an event at the Archbishop’s Palace in Valletta, the Ecclesiastical Tribunals of Gozo and Malta have celebrated the inauguration of the Judicial Year.
This inauguration was motivated by the desire of Pope Francis that “the Church’s tribunals be always more accountable, and ever closer to the faith community they serve,” the Diocese said.
The special guest this year, was His Excellency Monsignor Maurice Monier, the Pro- Dean of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota who was actively involved in the commission that in recent years reformed canonical procedures for matrimonial nullity through the Papal document Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus.
Mgr Monier delivered the evening’s Lectio Magistralis about “The evaluation of the confessions and declarations of the parties and witnesses in marriage nullity cases; current Rotal doctrine and praxis.”
Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, in his opening address, said that the foundation of justice is truth and that justice is not only a mark of civilisation but also warned that societies that lacked justice are less civilised.
The three Judicial Vicars of the Maltese province also gave an overview concerning the work of their respective tribunals during the past year while giving projections for the current year.
Mgr Edward Xuereb, the Judicial Vicar of the Gozo Ecclesiastical Tribunal gave his report.
The Judicial Vicars of the Maltese Tribunals, Rev. Can. Brendan Gatt of the Metropolitan First Instance Tribunal and Mgr Joseph Bajada of the Regional Tribunal of Second Instance spoke about the cases and the diminishing backlog that is the direct result of the reform and a better organisation of the tribunals.
As part of the events surrounding the inauguration, Mgr Monier delivered a lecture to the tribunals’ personnel as part of their in-service training.