A Concise Guide to Canon Law

A Practical Handbook for Pastoral Ministers

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: March 10, 2023

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For more than twenty years, A Concise Guide to Canon Law has provided priests, deacons, and lay pastoral ministers with essential information about Church laws that regularly impact the lives of everyday Catholics.

This compact reference guide addresses topics such as who can receive the sacraments and when, the responsibilities of pastors and bishops; administration of parishes; and the role of finance and pastoral councils. The book also now includes the teachings of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis on issues such as marriage and annulment, as well as a new chapter on Catholic funerals.

Canon lawyer Aldean Hendrickson, director of the tribunal for the Diocese of New Ulm, also has updated this practical guide with additional material that includes:

  • a chapter on the Liturgy of the Hours;
  • an updated section of frequently asked questions and answers at the end of each chapter;
  • a revised and enhanced glossary of key terms; and
  • a suggested reading list for deeper study.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

Edition: Updated Edition

ISBN: 9780877939344

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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    “I am grateful for this very readable guide. It helps me serve my people. It is an essential text for today’s ministers.”

    Fr. Joshua J. Whitfield
    Author of The Crisis of Bad Preaching

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    “Every deacon needs this in his library. What a great resource! This new edition of McKenna's landmark book makes the foundational law of the Church accessible, concise, and wonderfully clear for pastoral leaders at the parish, campus, and diocesan levels.”

    Deacon Greg Kandra
    Creator of The Deacon’s Bench blog

  • “Clear guidance.”

    “Clear guidance on issues that commonly come up in the liturgical, sacramental, and pastoral life of parishes and other faith communities.”

    Msgr. Steven Callahan
    Judicial Vicar
    Diocese of San Diego

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