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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867167491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867167498
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The importance of this work can hardly be overemphasized. The authors give invaluable answers to more questions concerning canon law and an introduction to other expressions of Church law. In this volume we begin to see Church law as an organic whole. --Tim Staples, staff apologist, Catholic Answers

They ve done it again! Vere and Trueman have written a fitting sequel to Surprised by Canon Law, producing a concise presentation for the man and woman in the pew of many of the more important issues in the Church s law. This valuable book answers in a clear and precise way many largely unknown topics in the Church s legislation governing its shepherding Christ s faithful. --William H. Woestman, O.M.I., professor emeritus, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

In keeping with the spirit of the first volume, Surprised by Canon Law, Volume 2, offers helpful answers to some complex questions. This book is a fine summary of many important areas of Church law. --Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit

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PETE VERE, J.C.L., is a canon lawyer, author and social and political commentator. He writes for a number of Catholic publications and works as an independent canonical consultant for several dioceses. He obtained his license in canon law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Pete, his wife, Sonya, and their three children live in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. He is coauthor, with Michael Trueman, of Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law.



MICHAEL TRUEMAN, M. DIV., J.C.L., obtained his license in canon law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, after graduating from St. Peter's Seminary in London, Canada. He serves as assistant chancellor and ecclesiastical judge in the archdiocese of Detroit, as well as defender of the bond in the Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal (London Branch Office). Michael and his wife, Cheryl, have three children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Carpentier Brown on February 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Surprised by Canon Law 2 was a bit of a surprise to me. I didn't really think that it would contain any surprises. I thought that I was a fairly well informed Catholic who knew pretty much about the Church.

So, I surprised myself by sitting down to read this book, and discover that there was something I didn't know: I really was supposed to abstain from meat on Fridays. Not just Fridays during Lent (as I had thought)--but every Friday. I have acquaintances who recently decided to abstain from meat on all Fridays and I thought they were just bringing back an archaic practice, for fun, I guess: I didn't know why.

So, since I found this out on page 6, I decided I'd better read on and find out what else I didn't know.

From the beginning to the end, Surprised by Canon Law 2 contains many great questions and equally great answers. I found interesting reading all the way through. At the very end of the book, I discovered answers to questions I'd recently been asked about ecumenism, so that was very handy.

Questions in this second book are particularly relevant to the faithful in my area, where churches are being reorganized and merged. How do parishes merge? What happens to parish bank accounts and property in a merger? and How does a new parish get a name? were just some of the interesting questions found in this volume.

Anyone who had questions regarding church life, parish life, priestly life, consecrated persons life, the conference of bishops, the canonization of saints, or the election of a pope should find this book quite interesting, even if prior to this, you didn't even know you wondered about Canon Law.

Surprised by Canon Law Volume 2: More Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law is surprisingly interesting reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on July 11, 2009
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Do we still have to abstain from meat on Friday? My pastor is awful; is there any way to get rid of him? The bishop is closing my parish; what happens to our stuff? Why is the Church still supporting that $%($ child molesting priest? The answers to those questions and more are in my latest read. Surprised by Canon Law, Volume 2, is presented in the form of 100 questions, with answers. Each answer cites the Canon (or section) of Canon Law that applies and explains the answer. The book includes chapters on Sacred Times and Places, Holy Orders, Institutes of Consecrated Life, Parish Life, Church Goods, Conferences of Bishops, Officers of the Roman Curia, The Canonization of Saints, The Election of a Pope, Penal Law, Safeguarding the Sanctity of the Sacraments, The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches and Ecumenism.

So, what are the answers to my teaser questions?
Do we have to abstain from meat on Friday? Canon 1251 states that abstinence from meat or some other food is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a major feast falls on that day. The book goes on to explain why we abstain, and states that Canon 1251 envisions that there may be a food other than meat from which it is more appropriate to abstain (I guess that there isn't much penance involved in substituting lobster for bologna). It further says that the faithful may substitute in whole or in part, other forms of penance, charity or piety. In the US the faithful may substitute abstinence on all Fridays except the Fridays of Lent and Ash Wednesday.

My pastor is awful, can we get rid of him? Canon 1740 states that when a pastor's ministry becomes harmful or at least ineffective, the bishop can remove him from his role. Canon 1741 expands on what would constitute harmful or ineffective ministry.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 7, 2008
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How does the canon law of the catholic church apply in today's world - how does it apply to everyday American Catholics? The second volume of "Surprised by Canon Law: More Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law" believes it may be more than most believe. Seeking to inform Catholics more about the religion that they may have lost touch with, informing them on various topics like elections to papacy and sainthood, excommunication, funerals, and more. "Surprised by Canon Law: More Questions Ask About Canon Law" is highly recommended to Catholics everywhere and for community library collections on religion with a focus on Catholicism.
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