Catherine Godfrey Howell, JCD

About Catherine Godfrey Howell, JCD

Catherine Godfrey Howell, JCD, is a canon lawyer, editor, and translator. Her dissertation, completed at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, is a profile of consensual incapacity to marry in American canonical jurisprudence. She presently lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband and three children.

Marriage and the Juridical Relevance of Pastoral Language

The revised Code of Canon Law promulgated in 1983 (CIC-83) brought with it a definition of the consensual incapacity for marriage. This formula is a kind of juridical innovation given that it did not exist prior to the CIC-83 and literally … [Read more...]

Briefly Revisiting Pre-1983 Canonical Practice for a Better Response to Marriage Issues

The juridical significance of mental illness and psychic anomalies in marriage has shifted over centuries from a description of an illicit act to one of invalid consent. Early pronouncements on insane individuals who contracted marriage … [Read more...]