An Introduction to Canon Law

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Paulist Press, 2004 - Religion - 243 pages
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Canon law is the name given to the rules that govern church order and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church. This valuable book, which has been updated to reflect changes and adaptations in canon law and new resources in the field, offers an introductory orientation of all of canon law. A superb teaching and learning tool, it provides outlines and overviews of relatively complex areas of canon law, sketches the basic structure and design of the various offices and functions within the church and how they relate to each other, and gives an orientation to the more important areas of canon law, as well as a background and context within which more detailed rules can be understood. Two appendices offer guidance for doing canonical research and case studies for further discussion.
 

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Contents

Rules in a Church Community
3
Scope
4
Purpose and Functions
5
New Testament Roots of the Rules
7
The History of Canon Law
10
The Postapostolic and Early Church
11
The Church of the Empire
13
The Church and Feudalism
15
Parishes and Pastors
94
Pastors
95
Vacant or Impeded Parishes
97
Deans
98
Consecrated and Apostolic Life
99
Religious Communities
100
Structures and Governance
101
Obligations and Rights
104

The Classical Period of Canon Law
18
Decline and Reform
20
The Church in the Modern World
25
The Codification of Canon Law
27
The Revised Code and the Struggle for Church Renewal
29
Bibliography on the History of Canon Law
30
Canonical Sources Forms and Distinctions
33
Literary Forms
34
Distinctions
36
The Code of Canon Law
38
Principles of Revision
39
Promulgation of the Revised Code
40
Organization of the Code
41
Status of the Code
43
A Canonical Constitution of the Church
45
The Church
47
The Functions of the Church
52
Final Norms
55
Book Two of the Code
57
The Christian Faithful
59
The Bill of Rights and Obligations
60
Lay Rights and Duties
62
Sacred Ministers
64
Formation of Clerics
65
Incardination and Transfer of Clerics
66
Loss of the Clerical State
68
Hierarchical Structures
71
The Roman Pontiff
72
The College of Bishops
74
The Synod of Bishops
75
The College of Cardinals
76
The Roman Curia
77
Legates of the Roman Pontiff
78
Dioceses and Bishops
79
Bishops
81
Diocesan Bishops
82
Auxiliary Bishops
85
Impeded or Vacant Seas
86
Groupings of Dioceses and Bishops
87
Provincial and Plenary Councils
88
Internal Organization of Dioceses
89
Consultative Bodies
90
Offices of the Diocesan Curia
92
Apostolate
105
Conferences of Major Superiors
106
BOOK THREE OF THE CODE
107
Introduction
109
Ministry of the Divine Word
111
Preaching
112
Missionary Action
113
Catholic Education
114
Publication of Books
116
Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity
117
BOOK FOUR OF THE CODE
119
Sacraments
122
Baptism
124
Confirmation
126
Eucharist
127
Penance
131
Anointing of the Sick
134
Orders
136
Marriage
139
Other Acts of Divine Worship
148
Sacred Places and Times
150
BOOK ONE OF THE CODE GENERAL NORMS
155
Persons
157
Juridic Persons
159
Offices
162
Power of Governance
164
Distinctions in the Power of Governance
165
Instruments and Acts of Governance
167
Subordinate and Subsidiary Norms
169
Statutes and Rules of Order
171
BOOK FIVE OF THE CODE
173
BOOK SIX OF THE CODE
181
BOOK SEVEN OF THE CODE
191
APPLYING THE RULES
199
About the Rules
201
About the Community
203
About the Person
204
APPENDICES
207
Doing Research in Canon Law
209
Cases and Questions
217
Index
237
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