New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law

New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law Author John P. Beal
ISBN-10 0809140667
Year 2000
Pages 1952
Language en
Publisher Paulist Press

A complete and updated commentary on the Code of Canon Law prepared by the leading canonists of North America and Europe. Contains the full, newly translated text of the Code itself as well as detailed commentaries by thirty-six scholars commissioned by the Canon Law Society of America.

Historical Dictionary of Catholicism

Historical Dictionary of Catholicism Author William J. Collinge
ISBN-10 9780810857551
Year 2012
Pages 593
Language en
Publisher Scarecrow Press

Defines terms which deal with aspects of the faith, worship, ethics, history, theology, and spirituality of the Catholic Church.

Law Liberty and Church

Law  Liberty and Church Author Gordon Arthur
ISBN-10 9781317107477
Year 2016-04-22
Pages 222
Language en
Publisher Routledge

Law, Liberty and Church examines the presuppositions that underlie authority in the five largest Churches in England - the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union. Examining what has influenced their development, and how the patterns of authority that exist today have evolved, Gordon Arthur explores the contributions of Scripture, Roman Legal Theory, and Greek Philosophy. This book shows how the influence of Roman legal theory has caused inflexibility, and at times authoritarianism in the Roman Catholic Church; it explores how the influence of reason and moderation has led the Church of England to focus on inclusiveness, often at the cost of clarity; it expounds the attempts of the Free Churches to establish liberty of conscience, leading them at times to a more democratic and individualistic approach. Finally Arthur offers an alternative view of authority, and sets out some of the challenges this view presents to the Churches.

Dear Brother

Dear Brother Author Brian Roberts
ISBN-10 9781411698888
Year 2006-06-01
Pages 340
Language en

"Dear Brother" is a fresh compilation of Catholic Apologetics targeted toward non-Catholic Christians. However, the book was especially written for Catholics who have found themselves in RCIA programs against the wishes of Protestant friends and family. It contains an exhaustive biblical defense of essential Catholic doctrines, a glimpse of the general councils in Church history, and the author's own conversion story. It is difficult to find so much material packed into one easy to read volume. "Dear Brother" manages this in a way that is both personal and compelling. A real page turner for anyone interested in Catholicism! FEATURES: - the author's personal testimony - a summary of each ecumenical council - a list of the popes - over twenty articles on saints - suggested reading and resource lists - quotes from the early Church - HUNDREDS of Scriptural references

Canon Law Explained

Canon Law Explained Author Fr. Laurence J. Spiteri
ISBN-10 9781622821785
Year 2014-02-25
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Sophia Institute Press

Not only inefficiency, but frustration, disorder, anger, and injustice threaten all human endeavors, no matter how pure their motives or high their ideals. That's why successful organizations always create employee handbooks and clear procedure manuals that delineate where authority lies, how conflicts are to be resolved, and, above all, how each organization's mission is (and is not) to be accomplished. Is it any wonder then that the Catholic Church—comprised not of 200 persons but 1.2 billion members in 200 countries—also governs itself by means of a handbook, which it calls the Code of Canon Law? Because handbooks and manuals concern themselves with the day-to-day inner working of organizations, they often reveal more than do news releases about the actual purposes and genuine spirit of organizations: a fact that's particularly true in the case of the Catholic Church. Indeed, if you want to know the Church for who She is, you need to be familiar with the Code of Canon Law. Unfortunately, it contains over 1,752 rules (or canons). Among them, you'll find fascinating canons that lay out the Church's official principles and procedures governing matters as various as abbots and annulments, scandals and Sacraments, monks and missions, bishops and books, priests and popes, synods and sacraments, homeschoolers, hostile witnesses, baptisms, burials, parishes, penance, confessions, Councils, impotence, imprimaturs, and, even marriages to the person who murdered your spouse! Thankfully, Vatican expert and veteran author Fr. Laurence Spiteri has in the pages of Canon Law Explained relieved you of the need to read all 1,752 of them (fascinating or not). Here he acquaints you with the fundamental canons by which the Church seeks to bring about, as it declares in the very last canon, the purpose all of them serve: "The salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church." Fr. Spiteri's brief, but lucid explanations of the origins and meaning of the canons make sense of much that puzzles non-Catholics about our Church and that sometimes frustrates even us Catholics. As he relates the Church's laws and procedures directly to Christ's command "to go forth and teach all nations"—and to the role those laws and procedures play in your salvation and mine—Fr. Spiteri transforms what seem to be dry-as-dust rules into the sweet waters of salvation. If you want to know the Church for who She is—and to love Her more—Canon Law Explained is the book for you.

Metanoia Catholic eTract Number Three Vocation Common Priest by Baptism Fourth Edition

Metanoia  Catholic eTract Number Three  Vocation  Common Priest by Baptism  Fourth Edition Author Cecil Donald Leighton, Jr.
Year 2014-09-15
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Cecil Donald Leighton, Jr.

Metanoia: A Catholic eTract Series, Volume Number Three: Vocation: Common Priest by Baptism (Fourth Edition) is the author’s third publication in a series of free Catholic etracts. In Vocation: Common Priest by Baptism, the author sets forth his personal experience in discerning whether Jesus, The Christ is calling him to the common priesthood in Christ via Baptism or the ministerial priesthood in Christ via Holy Orders. It is the true story of his 21st-Century discernment within the diocese of Los Angeles, including the “natural” (i.e., deductive logic) and “supernatural” (i.e., divine “signs”) factors that went into determining if, in his case, there was/is a vocation to the office of the ministerial priesthood, based the special graces he has received, including his being associated with that office by family, friends, and strangers 38 times over a 17-year period. He is publishing it to document and share his journey in hopes that other Catholic men formally in discernment may find it instructive. Finally, this etract and all those that will follow are part of the author’s personal response to and promotion of the Church’s “universal call to holiness” (Lumen Gentium) and the “new evangelization” (Novo Millenio Ineunte), in the electronically connected virtual world of the Internet.

A Concise Guide to Canon Law

A Concise Guide to Canon Law Author Kevin E. McKenna
ISBN-10 0877939349
Year 2000
Pages 127
Language en
Publisher St. Francis of Assisi Books

This handy reference provides a compact overview of the most important canonical issues facing pastoral ministers today. Arranged by topic, this resource offers a thorough summary of church law along with helpful sections of frequently asked questions at the end of the chapters.

An Introduction to Canon Law

An Introduction to Canon Law Author James A. Coriden
ISBN-10 0809132311
Year 1991-01
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Paulist Press

"This new edition of An Introduction to Canon Law has been updated to reflect changes and adaptations in canon law, as well as to uncover new resources in the field. It offers an introductory orientation to all of canon law, it outlines and overviews the various specialized areas of the law, and it sketches the structure and function of the offices within the church and how they relate to one another. The book gives historical perspectives, and focuses on the rights and duties of Catholics in the church."--BOOK JACKET.

The Pastoral Companion

The Pastoral Companion Author John M. Huels
ISBN-10 0819909688
Year 1995
Pages 432
Language en
Publisher Franciscan Herald Press

The 1983 revised Code of Canon Law is now a dozen years old. Since then hundreds of new laws and more than 25 authentic interpretations of laws have been promulgated, not only adding new legislation, but in some cases changing canons of the code and norms of the liturgical books. Also during this period many new documents have appeared from the Holy See and the conference of bishops.Some of the more important recent publications that affect the pastoral ministry are: the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches; the 1993 Directory for Ecumenism; the 1988 Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest; a new marriage ritual (1991) and rites for ordination (1990) which have not yet appeared in English; and new American editions of the RCIA, Order of Christian Funerals, and Book of Blessings.This completely revised and updated edition incorporates changes in law, new laws and commentaries promulgated since 1983 and features new indexes, a 14-page glossary of canon law terms, an outline of the 1988 reforms of the Roman Curia, a new chapter on holy orders and clergy, new sections on the faithful, rights and obligations, sacramentals, Communion services outside Mass, and much more.

Sacramental Theology

Sacramental Theology Author Herbert Vorgrimler
ISBN-10 0814619940
Year 1992
Pages 329
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

Both resistance to and renewed interest in the sacraments mark current theological thought. This work acknowledges human limitations of the sacraments but stresses that God's relationship to human beings cannot be other than sacramental." Sacramental structures and events constitute salvation history, and thus permeate all theology. What makes this sacramental view comprehensible is faith; faith is an indispensable precondition for a sacramental theology. Therefore, the author first demonstrates the preconditions of faith on which sacramental theology rests, and what place it holds within the whole of theology. Following this, he briefly presents the concept of sacraments and the history of that concept, the teachings of Church tradition on sacraments in general, and the basic features of a sacramental theology. Next, he explains from a theological perspective the traditional sacraments of the Catholic Church, including related topics such as indulgences and sacramentals.

Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide Author Russell Shaw
ISBN-10 1586172182
Year 2008
Pages 174
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

Shaw, widely known and read Catholic writer, speaker and former communications director for the U S Bishops, discusses the abuse of secrecy in the Church, the scandals it has caused and the serious problem of mistrust that exists in the credibility of the Church. Not concerned with the legitimate secrecy that is necessary to protect confidentiality and people's reputations, Shaw is rather concerned here with the stifling, deadening misuse of secrecy that has done immense harm to communion and community in the Church. The Church is a communion, not a political democracy, and thus openness and accountability are crucial for the life of the Church. He shows the secrecy issue is a theological as well as practical problem that raises such questions as: What kind of Church do we want our Church to be, open or closed? What kind of Church should it be? And how much secrecy is compatible with having such a Church? As Pope Benedict XVI has stated, "The consequence is clear: we cannot communicate with the Lord if we do not communicate with one another."