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Surprised by Canon Law, Volume 2: More Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law Paperback – October 15, 2007
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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
About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›