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A Commentary on Canon Law Governing Temporal Goods in the United States and Canada

Author: Rev. Msgr. John A. Renken
Copyright: 2009
First Printed: 10-27-2009

From its earliest days, the Church has used material goods to assist it in performing its mission which is, in last analysis, the salvation of souls. Over the centuries, much canonical legislation has developed concerning the ownership and care of the temporal goods needed for this purpose. Book V of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, entitled The Temporal Goods of the Church, is devoted precisely to this very important and very timely topic, viz., the acquisition, administration, and alienation of temporal goods. While making brief reference also to the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, this commentary treats matters relating to Church property in great detail as they apply to the Church in the United States and Canada. Every diocese, parish, and religious institution will find here the guidance they will need to properly handle in a lawful and efficient way the many financial transactions which cross their desks each day.

About the Author: Monsignor John Anthony Renken was born in Illinois, USA and was ordained to the presbyterate on June 24, 1979 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter’s Basilica. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis (1975); an M.A. in civil law from the University of Illinois at Springfield (1988); an S.T.D. in ecclesiology and sacraments from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome (1981); and a J.C.D. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome (1981). Visiting professor of canon law in the summer licentiate program at The Catholic University of America (1987-2006), Msgr. Renken is a former advisor to the Canonical Affairs Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2002-2005). He served as a member of its board of governors (1997-2001) and was president of the Canon Law Society of America (1999-2000). Chair of the CLSA committee for the New English Translation of the Code of Canon Law (1993-1999), he has lectured published extensively in the area of canon law. His articles have appeared inStudia canonica, The Jurist, Philippine Canonical Forum, Studies in Church Law, and Proceedings of the Canon Law Society of America. A contributor to the CLSA New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law and the Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, English edition, he was named a Prelate of Honor to the Roman Pontiff on July 11, 2002. Monsignor Renken is currently professor of canon law at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

Book: 422 pages
ISBN-10: 0-8189-1297-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8189-1297-9
Prod. Code: 1297-9

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