Are there any rules for inheritance for women in the Roman Catholic creed?

It would be helpful if you could provide the verse for reference.

  • The Catholic Creed is the same as any other (notwithstanding the filioque controversy). Could you be more specific? – Andrew Leach Jan 20 '14 at 16:55
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    Inheritance is governed by civil law. Churches don't get to control it. If you mean in the Vatican, I'm pretty sure there's not a lot of children inheriting their parent's money there. – DJClayworth Jan 20 '14 at 17:19
  • @DJClayworth hahaah, very funny. Ok so there is no law then? – user1361315 Jan 20 '14 at 17:49
  • There is Canon Law about inheritances, but not in the Creeds. – Andrew Leach Jan 20 '14 at 18:56
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about civil law – warren Mar 18 '14 at 18:40

The Catholic Creeds are statements of Faith; they define what Christianity is. They are broadly ecumenical, because they are early documents, and there aren't many differences in what different branches of Christianity use. The Catholic versions are available on the Vatican website. Because they are statements of Faith, they do not touch on law.

Canon Law is the rules of the Church itself, and the Code of Canon Law is also available on the Vatican website. That does mention, once, briefly, inheritances:

1413 A party can be brought to trial:
1: in cases which concern administration, before the tribunal of the place where the administration was conducted;
2: in cases which regard inheritances or pious legacies, before the tribunal of the last domicile, quasi-domicile, or place of residence ... of the one whose inheritance or pious legacy is at issue unless it concerns the mere execution of the legacy, which must be examined according to the ordinary norms of competence.

This is specifying which ecclesiastical court is competent to deal with queries about inheritances. In most countries, inheritance is subject to the civil law and the Church would not be involved in the matter, especially since most queries relate to how a will is executed.

There is nothing in Canon Law about who may inherit or bequeath.

It is possible, I suppose, that a will may bequeath part of an estate to a religious house or order whose own statutes stipulate what should be done with the bequest. The will's executors satisfy the bequest (which takes it out of their hands) and perhaps some dispute arises about how the order's statutes apply. That might come before an ecclesiastical tribunal; but even there — in the UK at least — the order is likely to be a registered charity and be subject to the jurisdiction of civil regulators.

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