Miłość małżeńska; Małżeństwo kanoniczne; Nieważność małżeństwa kanonicznego; Marital love; Canonical (form of) marriage; Nullity of marriage in the Catholic Church
Śląskie Studia Historyczno-Teologiczne, 2011, z. 2, s. 607-616
The article undertakes the topic of marital love and its significance in postconciliar
canon law. There are some canonists who maintain that this kind of love (or the lack of it)
flows into the legal validity of canonical marriage. The article focuses in principle on
Polish doctrine of the subject.
After outlining the basic ideas of the Second Vatican Council on conjugal love, the author
of the article moves to an analysis of the writings of Polish canonists and theologians.
Among them, he enumerates and analyses the texts of Z. Grocholewski, W. Góralski,
J. Laskowski, T. Pawluk, E. Sztafrowski, K. Wojtyła, M. Żurawski.
It seems that diverse opinions about the influence of marital love on the validity of canonical
marriage flow from the differences in understanding of love itself, what produces
the different valuation of the mentioned influence. In general terms, the impact of love on
canon law formulations is greater in authors who underline the element of will in love.
To the contrary, authors who underline the less precise emotional side of love are not willing
to attribute to it greater juridical meaning and, consequently, its possible impact on
the validity of marriage.