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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

Yes, the Catechism and Canon Law are two separate things The Catechism is a teaching tool for the bishops and various catechists to instruct the faithful. (Why do we receive the Eucharist? What ...
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

No. Canon 844 says: Catholic ministers administer the sacraments licitly to Catholic members of the Christian faithful alone, who likewise receive them licitly from Catholic ministers alone. So ...
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Are priests who committed a sin together able to validly administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each other?

The case you describe is explicitly forbidden and declared invalid in canon law. (The sixth commandment is against adultery.) can. 977 CIC The absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the sixth ...
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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a book, promulgated in 1992 by Pope St. John Paul II, which seeks to explain the doctrine (that is, the body of teachings) that the Catholic Church holds. It ...
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In the Catholic Church, is there specific canon law on voluntary excommunication?

There is no such thing as voluntary excommunication, in the strict sense of excommunication. There's a good answer by AthanasiusOfAlex which explains the purpose of excommunication; I'll restrict this ...
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

Church law does not explicitly prohibit revealing that a given person has been to confession or not. Here are the relevant canons from the Code of Canon Law: Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is ...
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What do Protestants think about canon laws given by the Church Fathers?

In general, Protestants don't think about the early church canon laws much at all! Protestants endorse the ecumenical creeds, and they accept the councils' judgements of heretics, but that's about the ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

Absolution cannot be denied for truly penitent sinners: 1980 Code can. 980If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the penitent, and the penitent seeks absolution, absolution is to be ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin? The short answer is no. This is bared out in Geremia’s answer. Can. 980 If the confessor has no doubt about ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

As in most such cases: It depends on the context and is complicated. The relevant norms of the CIC are: Can. 213 The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the sacred pastors ...
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Is there a canon law for what to do if a hostage situation breaks out while consecrating the Eucharist?

This isn't a matter of canon law, which governs the general conduct and culpability of the people of God; this is covered by the instructions for Mass. The last Latin Missal (the Missale Romanum of ...
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Are non-Catholics allowed to go to confession?

Yes, a non Catholic can confess to a Catholic priest. (The canon law point has already been addressed). What the non Catholic is not generally eligible for is the full sacrament of Penance and ...
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What exactly was the earliest start time of a Catholic mass before 1957? - What means aurora?

"Aurora" in Latin means "dawn", as opposed to "sunrise" (which is "ortus solis", the rising of the sun). This would mean, more or less, the period at which the sky was visibly bright. The reason for ...
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Do clerics commit a sin if they do not recite the liturgy of the hours?

Do clerics commit a sin if they do not recite the liturgy of the hours? The short answer is yes. First of all, we must distinguish among those who have an obligation to pray the Divine Office. ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a contingency plan for the case that the pope and all cardinals are dead?

Does the Catholic Church have a contingency plan for the case that the pope and all cardinals are dead? There is no known official contingency plan for the Catholic Church in the case that if God ...
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Does the phrase "in good standing" have a definition in Catholicism?

It's not a term used in canon law. Canonist Charles Augustine, O.S.B., uses the the phrase "good standing" in his commentary on canon law, but it doesn't appear anywhere in the code of canon ...
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Do Catholic anathemas apply to people who lived before it was codified?

Do Catholic anathemas apply to people who lived before it was codified? For example: Do the anathemas issued by the Council of Trent regarding the canon of the scripture applies to the Church Fathers ...
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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

They are two separate books, and the English translations of the Catechism and the Code of Canon Law1 can be found on the Vatican website. (The Catechism can also be found, in Flash format only, on ...
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How many practicing Canon Lawyers are there in the USA, and the world?

Disclaimer My answer is hardly based upon poor database, wild speculations and extrapolations. If you have access to any of the data I claim to have no access or any other useful data or suggestions ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is it a sin to marry your cousin?

"Consanguinity is a diriment impediment of marriage as far as the fourth degree of kinship inclusive." See the table at the end of this article for how 4° kinship is determined, or this table: The ...
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Could the Pope be removed from office for lapses in judgment?

A valid Pope's subjects cannot depose him. That would be conciliarism, which Fr. John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary as: The theory that a general council of the Church is higher in ...
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Is holding hands and forming a circle around the altar during eucharistic prayer allowed?

Is it permitted to form a circle around the altar and hold hands during the Eucharistic Prayer? The short answer is: No. When I was in the major seminary, we would gather around the altar once a ...
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Legal base for "any male baptized Catholic is eligible to be elected Pope"

What is the legal base for “any male baptized Catholic is eligible to be elected Pope?” There are a large number of sources that state that "any male baptized Catholic is eligible" to become Pope, ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a policy on how altars are to be destroyed?

Does the Catholic Church have a policy on how altars are to be destroyed? Churches and altars may loose their sacred consecration in any number of ways! Normal loss of an altar’s consecration is due ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin? Yes, the Pandemic, is the perfect example as it prohibits the Mass goers to attand Sacrament of the Holy Mass ...
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Ascension Mass when traveling between dioceses?

Ascension Mass when traveling between dioceses? Generally speaking, the obligation is to observe the rules of the diocese you are physically and currently in at that moment. That is why, Catholics ...
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Is it a sacrilege to administer the Eucharist to non-believers?

Is it a sacrilege to administer the Eucharist to non-believers? The short answer would seem to be in the affirmative. However, one could possibly encounter situations in which a priest is unaware of ...
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When and for what reasons does the Pope have the right to legitimately excommunicate members of the Church?

One must be tried and judged guilty to incur a ferendæ sententiæ excommunication. In that quote you give, where it says "I forbid under the pain of excommunication…," this refers to the ...
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Catholic restricted from Communion

Given that the woman had already been baptized in the Catholic Church, there was no need for her to "bless" her baptism in any sense. Deliberately participating in the rites of another ...
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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?

Commentating on the 1917 Code, Dom Augustine writes in his A Commentary on the New Code of Canon Law can. 856: No one who is conscious of a mortal sin, no matter how sorry or contrite he may feel, is ...
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