Department of Institute of Oriental Canon Law

Faculty Details

Dr. Tharakunnel Benny, CMI

Director : DADE


Name (Official)

Benny Sebastian


Date and Place of Birth

April 16, 1972

Murrikkassery, Kerala


Dharmaram College, Bangalore-560029



Canon Law

Doctoral Dissertation

The Competence of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Tribunal to Handle Cases in the Third Instance

Present Status

Associate Professor







Canon Law

Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome



Canon Law

Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru




Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru




Bangalore University



Physics, Maths, Electronics

Bangalore University, Karnataka, India




Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru





Lecturer & Finance Administrator

Sacred Heart PU College, Shanivarasanthe, North Coorgu, Karnataka


Asst. Parish Priest

St Thomas Forane Church, Bengaluru



Family Apostolate, Eparchy of Mandya



Dharmaram Academy of Distance Education (DADE), DVK, Bangalore


Asst. Director

Dharmaram Institute of Languages (DIL)


Defender of Bond

Eparchial Tribunal, Mandya, Karnataka



Eparchial Tribunal, Mandya, Karnataka


Visiting Faculty

St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore


Third Instance Tribunal Cases and the Competence of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Tribunal, Bengaluru: Dharmaram Canonical Studies, 2016.

  1. “Patriarchal/Major Archiepiscopal Ordinary Tribunal as Tribunal of Third and Further Instance,” Justitia, Vol.6/1 (June 2015), 91-108.
  2. “CCEO Title IX: Assembly of Hierarchs,” (ed.), John D. Faris and Jobe Abbas, A Practical Commentary to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Vol. 1, USA: Grazianus Publications, 2019, 669-675.
  3. “The Impact of CCEO on the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Levels Of Growth ofthe Syro-Malabar Church” Justitia, Vol.9/2 (June 2018), 259-286.
  4. “Indigenous Structures of Governance of the Church of St Thomas Christians in India,” Justitia, Vol. 10/1 (June 2019), 17-38.


  1. Review of the Book, “G. Ruyssen, (ed.), Sacred Ordination in the Canonical Tradition of the Eastern Churches, Rome: Edizioni Orientalia Christiana, 2014” in Iustitia, Vol.6/2 (December 2015), 259-262.
  2. Review of the Book “Thanchan, George, The Juridical Institution of Major Archbishop in Oriental Canon Law with Special Reference to the Syro-Malabar Church,”2nd Edition, Bengaluru: Dharmaram Canonical Studies 19, inJustitia, Vol. 8/1 (June 2017), 253-256.
  3. Review of the Book, “Biju Kalezhath, Mission ad Gentes outside the Proper Territory of a sui iuris Church,” in Iustitia, Vol. 8/2 (December 2017), 263-266.
  4. Review of the Book, “Mons Kurian Arackal, Conferences and Synods in the Indian Church,”Germany: Kanonistische Reihe, 2018, inJustitia, Vol. 09/01 (June 2018), 153-155.

”Validation of Marriage,” for the annual meeting of the Canon Law Society of India, held in Goa, 16-20 October,2016.

  1. In the Bishop Jonas Thaliath Endowment Lectures, at DVK, Bengaluru, 21-22 August 2014.
  2. In the National Workshop on “Second Vatican Council: The Impact of Orientalium Ecclsiarum on the Eastern Catholic Churches in India,” DVK, Bengaluru, 04-06 September 2014.
  3. In the Seminar on “Christian Vision of the Family and Family Life Today,” DVK, Bengaluru, 13 September 2014.
  4. In the Prof. A. Mathias Mundadan CMI Annual Lectures, at DVK, Bengaluru, 28 October 2014.
  5. In the XXVIII Annual Conference of the Canon Law Society of India, held at Palai, Kerala, 20-24 October 2014.
  6. In the Inter-Institute Canon Law Symposium, held at St. Peters, Bengaluru, 20 November 2014.
  7. In the Bishop Jonas Thaliath Endowment Lectures at DVK, Bengaluru, 30-31August 2015.
  8. In the Placid Podipara Endowment Lectures delivered by Prof. Pablo Gafaell on the topic “Harmonising the Canons,” at DVK, Bengaluru, 29-31 July 2015.
  9. In the Chavara Conference on “Living the Joy of the Gospel Today: Challenges to Family Life and Consecrated Life,” at DVK, Bangalore, 12-14 August 2015.
  10. In the Inter-Faculty Seminar, jointly conducted by DVK and St. Peter’s institute on “Mixed Marriage,” at DVK, Bangalore, 26 January 2016.
  11. In the Bishop Jonas Thaliath Endowment Lectures on “A Theology of Praxis of Women Empowerment” by Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor, Theology and Ethics, at DVK, Bangalore on 3-4 August 2016.
  12. In the Placid Podipara Endowment Lectures delivered by Chor-bishop Prof. Dr. John D. Faris on the topic “Canon Law and Ecumenism,” at DVK, Bengaluru, 06-09 September 2016.
  13. In the Annual Conference of the Canon Law Society of India (Theme), Goa, India, 17-21 October 2016.
  14. In the Placid Podipara Endowment Lectures on “Pastoral Care of Migrants,” by Archbishop Kuriakose Bharaniklangara, at DVK, Bengaluru, 06-08 September 2017.
  15. In the Inter-Institute Seminar conducted at St. Peter’s in connection with the centenary of the promulgation of CIC 1917 on 16 November 2017.
  16. In the Placid Endowment Lectures by Rev. Dr. Jose Koonamparampil CMF, an official in the Congregation of Propaganda Fide on “Challenges of Religious Life Toda” at IOCL, DVK, Bangalore, 29-39 August 2018.
  17. In the National Annual Meeting of the Canon Law Society of India on “Laity in the Mission of the Church,” at DVK, Bengaluru, 22-26 October 2018.
  18. In the Inter-Institute Seminar on “Medicinal Character of Penal Law,” at DVK, Bengaluru, 22 November 2018.
  19. In the DVK Staff Enhancement Programme, at Christ University, Devadan, Kengeri, Bengaluru, India, June 7-9, 2019.
  20. In the Conference on “To be Poor and For the Poor: Perspectives and Challenges,” organized by CMI Philosophers and Theologians Forum (CMI-PTF),Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru, India, 26-28 July 2019.
  21. In the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches, XXIV Conference, “Fifty Years of Encounter Among the Eastern Churches: How Canon Law Assists in the Ecumenical Dialogue,” Rome, Italy, 16-20 September 2019.
  22. In the Extension Lectures by Dr. Andrzej S. Wodka, President, AVEPRO, on “Mission of Quality Assessment and Promotion in Ecclesiastical Higher Education Institutions,” at the Senate Hall, DVK, Bengaluru, 18 November 2019
  23. In the Inter-Institute Seminar on “The Harmony between the Codes: a Canonical Reading of De Concordia Inter Codices,” at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bengaluru, India, 21November 2029.
  24. In the Inter-Faculty Symposium 2019(St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute and Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram), at the Multimedia Hall, DVK Central Library, Bengaluru, 26 November 2019.
  25. In the Fr. Placid Endowment Lectures delivered by Professor Astrid Kaptijn, on “Lay People Are Just Non-Ordained,” at IOCL, DVK, Bengaluru, India, 27-28 November 2019.


Canon Law

General Norms




Procedural Law



Trials in General

Contentious Trial

Special Process

Penal Law

Hierarchy I (Titles III, IV, V & VI of CCEO),  

Hierarchy II (Titles VII, VIII, IX of CCEO)

Hierarchy III (Roman Curia)

General Norms II A (Titles XX & XXX of CCEO )

Roman Byzantine Law

Public Ecclesiastical Law

Sources of Law, Latin I, II, III, IV and V


Directed 5 Licentiate theses in Oriental canon Law at DVK from 2015-2020

  1. Procedural Law
  2. Hierarchy
  3. Temporal Goods and its Administration In the Church
  4. Religious and Priestly


Canon Law Society of India



Inter. Society for the Law of Eastern Churches



Pastoral Council, Eparchy of Mandya


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