Friday, January 9, 2015

Know when the sacraments are valid — and when they're not

The Sacraments:
Do you know when they’re
valid and when they’re not?

Do you know what conditions
must be met to get an annulment . . .

. . . and did you know that some
valid marriages can be dissolved?

Our Bishops:
Do you know who will choose
your next bishop and how it will be done?

The daily activities of the Church are governed by a manual called the  Code of Canon Law.

Nearly 2,000 codes — or rules — delineate where authority lies, how conflicts are to be resolved, and how the Church’s mission is to be accomplished.

But it's more than simply an employee handbook for Church officials and employees — it's an essential guidebook for you and me.

You and I have been personally commissioned by Our Lord to play an active role in the mission of the Church . . . a role that is carefully outlined in the Code of Canon Law.

But who has time to read and understand all 1,752 rules?

Thankfully, Vatican expert and veteran author Msgr. Laurence Spiteri has in these pages relieved you of the need to read all of them.

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Here Msgr. Spiteri acquaints you with the fundamental canons by which the Church seeks to bring about the salvation of souls — and the role you're required to play as well!

The brief, but lucid explanations of the origins and meanings of the canons make sense of much that puzzles non-Catholics about our Church and that sometimes frustrates even us Catholics.

In fact, Msgr. Spiteri transforms what seem to be dry-as-dust rules into the sweet waters of salvation.

Among the things you’ll learn in the pages of Canon Law Explained:
  • Why the Church is less strict about Baptism than about any other sacrament
  • The strict limits on the authority of priests and bishops, even within their own jurisdictions
  • Your rights – and your duties – as a Catholic 
  • The many and often curious impediments to a valid marriage (including murdering your spouse to marry someone else!)
  • The vital role of the Vicar General (Do you know who yours is and what he does?)
  • USCCB, NCCB, Synods, Councils, Deaneries: what they are, what they do
  • What missionaries can do – and what Canon Law strictly forbids them to do – in winning souls for Christ
  • Ecumenism: How Canon Law requires it (but imposes strict limits on it, too)
  • Priestless parishes: who can do what in them
  • Theologians and bishops: how Canon Law deliberately promotes (a usually fruitful) tension between them
  • Church trials: why they are necessary, and why over 100 canons govern them.
Cardinal Justin Rigali
called Canon Law Explained “a useful guide to help you
understand and appreciate Canon Law and its relationship to your daily life.”

Cardinal Raffaele Farina 
said this book is “crystal clear,
concise, precise, and enlightening.”


Canon Law Explained:
A Handbook for Laymen

by Msgr. Laurence J. Spiteri, JCD, Ph.D.
320 Pages — List Price: $19.95

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In Always Inspired, Benedictine Abbot Basil Butler shows that only through the Catholic Church can the fullness of the Christian Faith be experienced.

Abbot Butler reminds us that Jesus did not reveal himself to us by means of any written documents. Indeed, all of the books of the New Testament were written decades after the death of Christ.

Although the books of the New Testament reveal much about Jesus, they lack the living presence of His person and they lack the authority of the Catholic Church and the soul-saving efficacy of the Sacraments He instituted.

The Books of the Bible are inspired by God, but they do not provide for the full measure of Faith. There is only one source, shows Butler, where Christians can turn for the full truth of Jesus and the means of salvation He gave us: The Catholic Church, which He Himself instituted 2,000 years ago.
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