Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Codex Iuris Canonici

The Code of Canon Law (Codex Iuris Canonici) contains the laws of the Church regarding the general norms, the people of God, the teachers of the faith, things related to the sanctification of the Church, temporal goods of the Church, sanctions that the Church can impose, and the process of carrying out a trial. As part of our assignment for our introduction to Canon Law we read the Apostolic Constitution: Sacra Disciplinae Leges which was written by Pope John Paul II. One quotation stood out to me: "This being so, it appears sufficiently clear that the Code is in no way intended as a substitute for faith, grace, charisms, and especially charity in the life of the Church and of the faithful. On the contrary, its purpose is rather to create such an order in the ecclesial society that, while assigning the primacy to love, grace, and charisms, it at the same time renders their organic development easier in the life of both the ecclesial society and the individual persons who belong to it." When some hear the words law or rule, they are put off because of the restrictions that come with laws and rules. The goal of the Code of Canon Law is to provide healthy and organic boundaries to help sanctify the people of God.

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