Author: Fr. Jerome Secillano

Parish: Not a perfect and sinless community

THE Code of Canon Law defines parish as “a certain community of Christ’s faithful stably established within a particular Church, whose pastoral care, under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, is entrusted to a parish priest as its proper pastor” (Can. 515 §1). As a certain community, it pertains not merely to a congregation of people within a particular territory. It strictly refers to a group of baptized Catholics called Christ’s faithful, lay faithful or simply laity. It is stable which means that no other authority, apart from the Diocesan Bishop, can establish, suppress or alter parishes (Can. 515...

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