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Questions tagged [canon-law]

Laws and regulations made by Church leadership for the government of a church and its members.

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What are the Church Laws governing ingredients and shapes of altar bread in the Catholic Church?

There appears to be perfect uniformity in the texture and make of the Sacramental Bread in Catholic churches all across the world. I wish to know if there are any laws governing the ingredients and ...
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What is the Christian counterpart of Sharia and Halakha?

Both Islam and Judaism have religious law which cover matters from acts of worship to the principles of government. In Islam it is Sharia (Arabic: الشريعة‎; literally "law") and in Judaism it is ...
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Through what procedure is canon law amended?

The Code of Canon Law has undergone at least one other version since the first in 1917, and has received amendments since the 1983 version from what I've read. What would warrant a new version of ...
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What were the godparent requirements back in the 1960s?

My mother was baptised in the Catholic Church in the 1960s. I received information that her godfather (her uncle on her father's side) might not have been Catholic but rather Anglican. Could an ...
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Conversion from Orthodox to Syro Malabar Syrian Catholics

I am a Syro Malabar Syrian Catholic working in Dubai from Gujarat (from Kerala). I am getting married to a Swiss Citizen (Malayali) who is born and brought up in Switzerland and is working in Dubai. ...
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What exactly was the earliest start time of a Catholic mass before 1957? - What means aurora?

Before the Motu Propio "Sacram Communionem. On Laws of Fasting and the Evening Mass" of Pope Pius XII in 1957, the rule of c. 821 § 1 CIC/1917 applied in the Catholic Church as a ruling on the times ...
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How are conflicting views concerning latae sententiae excommunications resolved in the Catholic Church?

One might identify the real-world problem behind this question. I have tried to put it forth without naming anyone involved in such situation and instead posed it as an imaginary situation. Please ...
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Can a baby's baptism be nullified and redone the proper way, according to Catholic Canon Law?

If a baby is baptized by one of his parents, without the knowledge of the other parent, is there any way for the baptism to be nullified? If the parent who took the child for baptism had malicious ...
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Are Catholics allowed to drink coconut water during the hour before they take communion?

I know they are not allowed to consume anything but water and medicine during the hour before they take communion. In addition to the fasts mentioned above, Roman Catholics must also observe the ...
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Legal base for “any male baptized Catholic is eligible to be elected Pope”

A lot of sources (e.g. Wikipedia) mention the fact that "any male baptized Catholic is eligible" to become Pope. I'd like to find the canon law (if any) that states this fact. Canon 332 states that If ...
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Is holding hands and forming a circle around the altar during eucharistic prayer allowed?

We have a new priest in our parish who does things differently. Today in Mass he invited all children to form a circle around the altar with him and hold hands. I know that some priests do this while ...
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What happens to a diocese when a bishop dies unexpectedly?

Our bishop passed away last week unexpectedly, the only thing I've heard is that it may the Vatican 6-9 months to replace him. What is the process and who is in charge of the diocese during this time? ...
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

According to the Catholic catechisms or canon law, is it ever canonically acceptable or lawful for a Roman Catholic to take of the Anglican communion?
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Could the Pope be removed from office for lapses in judgment?

While the question is brushed up against in What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?, that question focused more on heresy and the Pope's ability to make heretical statements under ex ...
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How to approach homosexuality scandals in view of Canon Law and Church Tradition?

Evidently, and it has been pointed out by many including Church Militant, the Church is in a crisis. In short, there is an organized group of gay priests infecting the Church from within (former ...
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May the Pope waive the requirements of Canon Law in the appointment of bishops?

Earlier this year, as part of the effort to normalize relations between the Vatican and China, the New York Times reported that the Vatican asked one of its bishops to step down to make way for a ...
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Burial of remains following medical research

I have an friend whose great aunt donated her body to a university for medical research purposes. At the end of their research the science department had the remains cremated. My friend wants to ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is it a sin to marry your cousin?

According to the Catholic church, is it a sin to marry your distant cousin? I am looking for two-three answers from someone who is knowledgeable in Catholic ecclesiastical laws: (1) What degree of ...
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Franciscan apostolic college governance

The Franciscan apostolic college of San Fernando in Mexico staffed the missions of California, then resembling an apostolic prefecture. Since it was a Franciscan college they presumably owed some ...
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Is a mass interruption a standard procedure in case of a supposed Eucharistic miracle?

I have read several stories about Eucharistic miracles and it seems the mass is always interrupted on such event. Is it a standard procedure (as for 4th June 2018) or is it up to the priest? More ...
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Marriage invalid. Would a church annulment require a state annulment or state divorce?

This question may be wrong. I think the right question is in the following link: How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn&#...
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Are couples with secular marriages not allowed to serve in their Catholic parish?

Are couples who are not married in the Catholic Church, but are married civilly, really not allowed to serve in their parish? What I mean by "serve" is to act as a head of a particular parish ...
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To what extent (if any) does the Catholic Church recognize adoption? [closed]

Assuming the Church recognizes adoption, if a man or woman were to invite another to live together as a loving relationship as parent and child, but without any secular legal process, would the Church ...
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What do Protestants think about canon laws given by the Church Fathers?

In the seven ecumenical councils, and throughout early Christian history, various Church Fathers gave certain canon laws, or rules that the clergy and laity had to follow. What do Protestants think ...
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Is the Pope limited in his authority over the Order of Malta?

Is the Pope limited in his authority over the Catholic Order of Malta? How is the jurisdiction affected with the pope over the (Catholic) Sovereign Military Order of Malta since it is able to procure ...
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Is there a Catholic bishop with jurisdiction over space?

Background information: An Ordinary, in Catholicism, is a bishop who holds "Ordinary" jurisdiction over a specific territory. He is usually known as the "Bishop of [Place Name]" and holds general ...
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Is it possible for an Eastern Rite Catholic to change over to the Roman Rite and become ordained as Latin Rite priest?

Is it possible for an Eastern Rite Catholic to change over to the Roman Rite and become ordained as Latin Rite priest? Is it possible for a layperson of an Eastern Catholic Rite (say the Melkite Rite)...
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What are the reasons for fasting from midnight before Eucharist?

According to traditional Catholic rules (before Vatican the 2nd Council), as well as in Eastern Orthodox traditions, those who want to receive the Sacraments should fast, i.e. do not consume any food ...
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Did the 1983 Code of Canon Law change the law on celebrating/receiving the Eucharist in a state of serious sin?

Canon 916 is the current canon governing each individual's obligation not to celebrate or seek to receive the Eucharist in a state of (unconfessed) serious sin: 916. Qui conscius est peccati ...
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The right to read a Catholic church's sacramental register

In the era of handwritten parish registers, when a diocesan or missionary priest performed a sacramental rite, he wrote it up in a semi-structured form in a record book. Sometimes that priest was the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is a marriage consummated if the couple had premarital sex?

A valid Catholic marriage can be dissolved if it has not been consummated (if the couple has not had sex after marriage, with some additional rules). This is generally determined to be the case if the ...
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What impact did the False Decretals have on Gratian's collection of Canon law?

In the ninth century, a series of elaborate forgeries were written under the pseudonym of Isidore Mercator, which are now known as the Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals (or simply the False Decretals). ...
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What is the difference between “Catechism” and “Canon Law” in Catholicism?

What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism? I have the Catholic Catechism (CCC). Yet I also see the Canon law code quoted from...what's the difference? are they two ...
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In the Catholic Church, is there specific canon law on voluntary excommunication?

Is there such a thing as voluntary excommunication from the Catholic Church? Maybe a latae sententiae or ferendae sententiae? If there is, how could it be done? Is there some kind of formal process?
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Catholic orders controlling diocesan territory

Under Imperial Spain, several Mexican apostolic colleges staffed missions in the Californias. This remote part of the diocese of Sonora was best accessed by sea, and the empire paid travel expenses ...
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Converting from Russian Orthodox to Roman Catholic in 1820

José Bolcof, a Russian man baptized in the Orthodox church, arrived in Spanish California and wished to adopt the Catholic faith. Mariano Payeras O.F.M., father-president of the Franciscan ...
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Catholics ordained as “mail order ministers”?

What is the canonical penalty for Catholics who get ordained as "mail order ministers"?
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What is a “just cause” in the context of Code of Canon Law, Canon 308?

I want to leave a confraternity but I want to do everything according to law. I wonder what the knowledgeable people say about canon 308 and the "just cause", especially if just asking is a sufficient ...
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Is there a canon law for what to do if a hostage situation breaks out while consecrating the Eucharist?

I was told by a friend that the Roman Catholic Church has canon law for what to do if, while consecrating the Eucharist during mass (say, halfway through reciting the Words of Institution), a hostage ...
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Which Episcopal Conferences set alternatives for abstinence on fridays?

The canon law requires Catholics to hold every Friday (except certain solemnities) as a abstinence day (e.g. abstaining from meat), but also grants the episcopal conferences the possibility to require ...
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What does the Catholic Church require for a parent's name to appear on the child's baptism certificate?

Does the pastor of a parish, or his representative, have the right in canon law to prevent a parent's name from appearing on the baptismal certificate of their child to be baptized for any reason, ...
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

I recently spoke to one of my (catholic) highschool teachers who was then not a priest but is now a priest. We were talking, and he mentioned he knew one of my professors during my graduate studies. ...
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Can you only have a sacramental marriage?

I have tried to find an official ruling from the Catholic Church on this matter, but haven't had any luck and have only come across others asking the same question. This question is from the angle of ...
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Is there a medical dispensation formally allowed from Lenten fasting in Catholicism?

Today, 10 February 2016, begins the observation of Lent in the Catholic Church, and indeed in much of Western Christianity. Catholic rules for the observation of Lent include the requirement for ...
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Remit of Defender of the Bond in Catholic declaration of nullity investigations

Is the main function, of Defender of the Bond (DOB), to offer "advice" to the tribunal Judge - or to (literally) defend the matrimonial bond? Any answer presented should provide an explicit ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

If, for instance, someone tells me that his bishop said he could get a vasectomy because having children with his wife in the future is likely to be injurious to her health. Should he be able to ...
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

LDS has a policy of not taking gambling winnings including lottery money as donations. Over the years several other churches have refused as well. Is there an official policy in Catholic Church about ...
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What are the reasons for the Catholic Church's law regarding the Communion fast?

We know from scripture that the institution of the Eucharist was during supper with the taking of the cup being after supper. And it appears from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians that there ...
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What happens if one wishes to go through the RCIA process but lacks a sponsor?

I've seen many explanations of the RCIA process, but all of them I've found make reference to a sponsor of sorts. A local parish's website explains: A sponsor accompanies any candidate seeking ...
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What is the test that determines doctrine from discipline?

Some of the hubbub around the Synod on the Family in 2015 has been (at least superficially) around whether disallowing civilly remarried couples, without annulled marriages, whose original spouses are ...