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Can a Deacon Ever Get Married?

Q: Can a deacon get married? –Nicole A: This is a simple-sounding question, with an answer that is more involved than one might think! As was seen in “What Can (and Can’t) a Deacon Do?” we have to bear in … Continue reading

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Canon Law and Parish Councils

Q1: Can a parish council ever vote to overrule a decision made by the pastor of the parish? If not, then what’s the point of having a parish council in the first place?  –Stephanie Q2: Is it obligatory for every … Continue reading

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Tithing and Excommunication

Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: “The holy synod therefore enjoins … Continue reading

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What Does the Church Say About Usury?

Q1: There is no canon in the current Code of Canon Law relating to usury.  The 1917 Code contained an explicit provision, canon 1543.  What is the Church’s latest position on usury? –David Q2: I am a lay Catholic in need of … Continue reading

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Can a Priest Refuse to Hear My Confession?

Q: My teenager wanted to go to confession after Mass, so he went to the sacristy to ask the priest.  Inside, Father was just hanging around, laughing and joking with the altar servers.  When my son asked for confession, he … Continue reading

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