Anyone who is interested in knowing more about Church Law will find this publication to be a very handy tool to enrich and deepen one's understanding of how canon law is ultimately at the service of the caring of souls. Cardinal Raffaele Farina, S.D.B., Vatican Archivist and Cardinal-Librarian Emeritus. Among the things you'll learn in the pages of Canon Law Explained: Who's in charge here? Your pastor, your bishop? The Synod? Ecumenical Councils? The Pope? It's not as simple as you think When Church authorities must consult you (and when they are free to act on their own) The Biblical justification for Diocesan Marriage Tribunals (Yes, there is one!)
The strict limits on the authority of priests and bishops, even within their own jurisdictions. Why only ministers may preach Baptized non-Catholics: why the Church has authority over their marriages, too. How money must be handled in the Church. You rights - and your duties - as a Catholic (can you list any of them?). The many and often curious impediments to a valid marriage (including murdering your spouse to marry someone else!) Paperback, 292 pages.
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