TSC 525 Tribunals and Liturgical Law

Faculty: Rev. Jude Onogbosele, J.C.D. (Profile)


“For the most part the Code does not define the rites which must be observed in the celebration of liturgical actions” (c. 2). This same norm is repeated in the Oriental Code, canon 3. However, Rev. Bill Rowe of Belleville, Illinois, was removed as pastor by his Bishop on 25 June 2012 for “improvising liturgy.” Authority over liturgy depends on “the Apostolic See, and, according to the norm of law, the diocesan bishop” (c. 838). The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to understand liturgical law in the present Code of Canon Law to determine which controversies may be legitimately presented to the diocesan tribunal.  

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