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In clear, nontechnical language, the volume outlines the canonical status of CAtholics as parishoners--as well as their rights, duties and forms of assembly and the relationship of parishes to other ecclesial and civil bodies. Ministerial students, clerical and lay ministers, members of parish councils and laypersons generally will find this book an indispensable handbook for living and working within parish communities. Christians of other denominatiowill make fruitful connections between their own congregation life and Roman Catholic experience. This book describes the origins of parishes and their historical evolution, offers a theology of parish as a local church, links parishes to the church's social teaching and provides a comprehensive overview of their function in Roman Catholic law and their relationship to American law.
An overview of the parish in the Christian tradition that looks at its biblical roots and sources and links to the church community. Aimed at schools where seminarians, deacons and lay ministers are trained.