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The Obligations and Rights of the Pastor of a Parish: According to the Code of Canon Law [Paperback]

By Edward A. Sweeny (Author)
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The Theology of the Second Vatican Council acknowledged that the lay faithful have abilities, experience, expertise, gifts and charisms which can and should be utilized for the spread of the faith and the good of the Church. This awareness appears in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and raises new obligations for the pastor of a parish with respect to working with a parish finance council and a pastoral council, if the diocesan bishop reqires them to be established. At the same time the Code, reflecting the teachings of the Council, establishes service in the form of leadership as the principal obligation and the principal right of the pastor of the parish who is obliged and entitled to teach the faith so that it produces dynamic Christians. The obligations, rights and entitlements of the pastor of a parish exist principally and directly to provide for the good of the souls of his parishioners. This unique, thoroughly documented, very readable work brings together invalualble insight into the theological and juridical dimensions of the ministry of a pastor of a parish, his relationship with those associated with him in his ministry and the lay persons whom he serves. No parish should be without a copy.

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The theology of the Second Vatican Council acknowledged that the lay faithful have abilities, experience, expertise, gifts and charisms which can and should be utilized for the spread of the faith and the good of the Church. This awareness appears in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and raises new obligations for the pastor of a parish with respect to working with a parish finance council and a pastoral council, if the diocesan bishop requires them to be established. At the same time the Code, reflecting the teachings of the Council, establishes service in the form of leadership as the principal obligation and the principal right of the pastor of the parish who is obliged and entitled to teach the faith so that it produces dynamic Christians. The obligations, rights and entitlements of the pastor of a parish exist principally and directly to provide for the good of the souls of his parishioners. This unique, thoroughly documented, very readable work brings together invaluable insights into the theological and juridical dimensions of the ministry of a pastor of a parish, his relationship with those associated with him in his ministry and the lay persons whom he serves. No parish should be without a copy.

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Studio: Alba House
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.84" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Alba House
ISBN  0818909102  
ISBN13  9780818909108  


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More About Edward A. Sweeny


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sweeny, former Chancellor and present Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Rockville Centre which has a Catholic population of some 1,400,000, served as the pastor of Cure of Ars parish in Merrick, New York for 14 years.

Edward A. Sweeny currently resides in the state of New York.

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A Pastor & User of Canon Law  Jan 28, 2004
This book does an excellent job of bringing together the Teachings of the Second Vatican Council, and the Codes in Canon Law that flow from it, into a meaningful presentation that provides a "vision" for the Pastor as to what the parish should & could be. It also provides a "focus" by which the Pastor can evaluate himself or the parish as to "How am I doing?" or "How are we doing as a parish?"
Studying Canon Law is one thing. But bringing the various codes together as applying to the various aspects of pastoral and parochial life is another. Msgr. Sweeney does and excellent job in doing this. For example, with respect to the ten basic characteristics of a parish, he pulls the basic canonical references as follows:
1. Eucharistic community - c. 528 §2.
2. Parish represents the visible Church constituted throughout the world - some vague traces may be seen in cc. 839 §1 and 204 §~1-2. This appears to have developed more as a theological conclusion about an element of ecclesiology rather than as matter which could be the subject of legislation.
3. Relationship of liturgical life of a parish to the bishop being fostered in the spirit and practice of clergy and laity - a vague and tangential reference in cc. 528 §2, 592 §2.
4. Encouraging a sense of community within the parish -c. 529 §1.
5. Greatest effort at establishing community spirit to be made in common Sunday celebration - traces in cc. 1247, 1248.
6. Word of God to be preached to all - cc. 528 §1, 767.
7. Catechetical instruction for all ages as their needs may require - cc. 528 §1, 773-780.
8. Spirit of missionary activity and evangelization cc. 791 §~1, 3, 4, 225 §1 and 275 §2.
9. Fostering religious vocations - cc. 233 §~1-2, 385 and 791, 1°.
10. Parish outreach to persons in special circumstances -cc. 528 §1 and 592 §1.
Worthwhile reading! Should be used in Seminaries. Good for reflection & planning! Nice price! The average person can benefit greatly from this. It is not just for priests, deacons and religious. I wish more Catholics had knowledge of what it teaches.
 
Should be in the hands of every Catholic  Nov 10, 2002
I was very much impressed with the book by Monsignor Sweeny. It is user friendly and easy to read. The book clearly explains the rights and obligations of a pastor, it should be read by every pastor, parish staff member, indeed it should be read by every parishoner. It has been of tremendous help to me in my ministry and I recommend it.
 

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