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Overview From time to time, all Catholics have them: nagging questions about church life, often prompted by some personal encounter or challenging situation: Is a layperson allowed to preach a homily? Is a pastor required to report to someone regarding parish finances or is he on his own? It seems like the parish council is running your parish. Does it have the authority to do so? Must a child be baptized in a church, or may the baptism take place at home? Surprised By Canon Law tackles these and many other questions, all of which have been formally addressed by the Roman Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law. The Code - the internal legal system that governs the church's day-to-day workings - deals with far-flung concerns of interest to the person-in-the-pew.
Publishers Description From time to time, all Catholics have them: nagging questions about church life, often prompted by some personal encounter or challenging situation: Is a layperson allowed to preach a homily?Is a pastor required to report to someone regarding parish finances, or is he on his own? It seems like the parish council is running your parish. Does it have the authority to do so? Must a child be baptized in a church, or may the baptism take place at home?"Surprised by Canon Law" tackles these and many other questions, all of which have been formally addressed by the Roman Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law. The Code--the internal legal system that governs the church's day-to-day workings--deals with far-flung concerns of interest to the person-in-the-pew. This practical guide to the Code provides answers to a range of questions, from "Can the pope resign?" to the more sensitive query "Do you have the right to tell your bishop what the diocese needs?" In straightforward language the authors discuss the nuts-and-bolts of church life, making canon law accessible to the everyday Catholic. A Servant Book.
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More About Pete Vere & Michael Trueman
PETE VERE, J.C.L., is a canon lawyer, author, journalist and professor of canon law and catechesis. He writes for a number of Catholic and secular publications, works as an independent canonical consultant for several dioceses and teaches at Catholic Dist
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Helpful for Class Apr 6, 2007
Taking Canon HIstory Law and found the material insightful with regard to the complexities of Canon Law Thanks
Wonderful book for Clergy and lay ministers Nov 4, 2006
I should like to recomend this book. I have found it very well written, and quit easy to understand, for all that might read it.
Intelligent and Lucid Guide for Catholic Laymen Jun 14, 2006
When an average Catholic hears the term "Canon Law", what image comes to mind? A stuffy code, perhaps reminiscent of the Old Law of the Pharisees that obsessed over every aspect of everyday life for the Israelites? Or perhaps one is reminded of the Spanish Inquistion, or expecting the Church to be poised to excommunicate someone for a slight infraction of an obscure rule. Fortunately, this book lays such concerns to rest. In clear language, authors Pete Vere and Michael Trueman, both canon lawyers, explain what canon law is and isn't, what it covers and what it leaves alone, and that most of all it isn't a burden to be feared and loathed. The book begins by explaining the different types of law, and which one is covered by the Church's Code of Canon Law. Last revised in 1983, this code helps with day-to-day workings within the Church. Surprised By Canon Law answers questions such as whether a non-Catholic can have a Catholic funeral(yes), may a layman say a homily(no), and is it all right to have a single godparent(yes). Sensitive topics such as divorce and remarriage, sacraments for severely disabled Christians, and abortion are handled clearly and without harshness. The difference between heresy and schism is laid out, with concise definitions and explanations as to how to avoid falling into one or both. This book also clears up any confusion about the difference between what is valid or illicit; a bishop that was validly ordained but then excommunicated for a schismatic act may still validly ordain priests, but his and their sacraments, though also valid, are illicit. Easy to read and reference, with a well laid-out format and index, Surprised By Canon Law should be in every Catholic household. Its 150 answers are eminently useful, and could help when confronted by someone angry or confused over the Church's policies. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to be more firmly grounded in the Catholic faith. It may also prove most helpful when discussing the Church with those of other faiths. Most of all, this book demonstrates that far from a crushing burden, canon law is simply a framework within which the Church may live and breathe, and address the problems of our current age.
Fantastic! Jul 7, 2005
This book is a goldmine! Thank you Pete Vere and Michael Trueman for doing the hard work for us. I run a catholic ministry and this is such a great resource because these questions often come up and when dealing with so many people as I do it is great to have the answers right at my fingertips! very informative yet simple to understand!
Canon Law for the Man or Woman on the Street Jun 28, 2005
Professor Emeritus, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada Unfortunately canon law is one of the most misunderstood and consequently least appreciated aspects of the Catholic Church. This is true not only for non-Catholics, but also for many Catholics, including many of the clergy. In a word, many do not like canon law because they do not really know anything about it, or have gross misconceptions. Pete Vere and Michael Truman have attempted to put to rest such misgivings. I hasten to add that they are most successful in fulfilling their goal. This is not a text book of canon law, nor a reference book for canonists. The authors present 150 questions that ordinary Catholics may have concerning canon law, and then answer them in a clear fashion that is easily understood by the man or the woman on the street or the faithful in the pew. On every page of this short work their love for the Church radiates as they explain in simple language her legislation which reflects that "the salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church, is to be kept before one's eyes." (Can. 1752)