| Year 1996 Canonical Studies

1. Participation of the Laity in the Governing, Teaching and Sanctifying Office of the Church

(Fr. A. Anandarayar)


When we turn the pages of early church history we find that lay people had played a significant role in the mission of the church. But due to clericalism in the Middle Ages lay people came to be considered as second grade members of the church and their role was reduced to a passive one. The 1917 code defined laity in negative terms and it had just two canons on laity. Vatican II restores the positive image of lay people and their vital role in the....


2. The rights and obligations of the laity (Fr. John Abraham)

The theme of Rights and Obligations of the Laity is new in Canon Law. Although c.87 of the Old Code spoke of the rights and duties of Christians, it did not offer a list of those rights and duties. They were to be surmised from different part of the Code. The present Code from c.208-231 (i.e.24 canons) explicitly states the rights and duties of all Christ’s faithful and lay members of Christ’s faithful. However, the Legislator did not want.....