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CCEO 1990

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Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches
Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches

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CODE OF CANONS OF ORIENTAL CHURCHES1990
Contents Page
Preliminary Canons1TITLE I. THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ALL THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL2TITLE II. CHURCHES SUI IURIS AND RITES4TITLE III. THE SUPREME AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH6TITLE IV. THE PATRIARCHAL CHURCHES9TITLE V. THE MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CHURCHES 28TITLE VI. METROPOLITAN CHURCHES AND OTHER CHURCHES SUI IURIS29TITLE VII. EPARCHIES AND BISHOPS33TITLE VIII. EXARCHIES AND EXARCHS64TITLE IX. ASSEMBLIES OF HIERARCHS OF SEVERAL CHURCHES SUI IURIS66TITLE X. CLERICS67TITLE XI. LAY PERSONS82TITLE XII. MONKS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF OTHERINSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE84TITLE XIII. ASSOCIATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL 116TITLE XIV. EVANGELIZATION OF NATIONS 118TITLE XV. THE ECCLESIASTICAL MAGISTERIUM 120TITLE XVI. DIVINE WORSHIP AND ESPECIALLY THE SACRAMENTS 132TITLE XVII. BAPTIZED NON-CATHOLICS COMING INTO FULL COMMUNION WITHTHE CATHOLIC CHURCH 173TITLE XVIII. ECUMENISM OR FOSTERING THE UNITY OF CHRISTIANS 174TITLE XIX. PERSONS AND JURIDIC ACTS 176TITLE XX. OFFICES 181TITLE XXI. THE POWER OF GOVERNANCE 187TITLE XXII. RECOURSE AGAINST ADMINISTRATIVE DECREES 191TITLE XXIII. THE TEMPORAL GOODS OF THE CHURCH 193TITLE XXIV. TRIALS IN GENERAL 203TITLE XXV. THE CONTENTIOUS TRIAL 226TITLE XXVI. CERTAIN SPECIAL PROCEDURES 255TITLE XXVII. PENAL SANCTIONS IN THE CHURCH 263TITLE XXVIII. THE PROCEDURE FOR IMPOSING PENALTIES 274TITLE XXIX. LAW, CUSTOM, AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTS 277
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Preliminary Canons
Canon 1 - The canons of this Code affect all and solely the Eastern Catholic Churches, unless,with regard to relations with the Latin Church, it is expressly stated otherwise.Canon 2 - The canons of the Code, in which for the most part the ancient law of the EasternChurches is received or adapted, are to be assessed mainly according to that law.Canon 3 - The Code, although it often refers to the prescriptions of liturgical books, does not for the most part legislate on liturgical matters; therefore, these norms are to be diligently observed,unless they are contrary to the canons of the Code.Canon 4 - The canons of the Code neither abrogate nor derogate from the pacts entered or approved by the Apostolic See with nations or other political societies. They therefore continue inforce in their present form not withstanding any prescriptions of the Code to the contrary.Canon 5 - Acquired rights as well as privileges granted up to this time by the Apostolic See tophysical and juridic persons which are in use and have not been revoked remain intact unlessthey are expressly revoked by the canons of this Code.Canon 6 - Once this Code goes into effect:1° all common or particular laws are abrogated, which are contrary to the canons of the Code or which pertain to a matter ex integro regulated in this Code;2° all customs are revoked which are reprobated by the canons of this Code or which arecontrary to them and are neither centenary nor immemorial.
TITLE I. THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ALL THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL
Canon 7 - §1. The Christian faithful are those who, incorporated in Christ through baptism, havebeen constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers inChrist's priestly, prophetic and royal function in their own manner; they are called, in accordancewith the condition proper to each, to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Churchto fulfill in the world.§2. This Church, constituted and organized as a society in this world, subsists in the CatholicChurch, governed by the successor of Peter and the bishops in communion with him.
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Canon 8 - In full communion with the Catholic Church on this earth are those baptized personswho are joined with Christ in its visible structure by the bonds of profession of faith, of thesacraments and of ecclesiastical governance.Canon 9 - §1. Since catechumens are in union with the Church in a special manner, that is, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, they ask to be incorporated into the Church by explicit choice andare therefore united with the Church by that choice just as by a life of faith, hope and charitywhich they lead; the Church already cherishes them as its own.§2. The Church has special care for catechumens, invites them to lead the evangelical life andintroduces them into participation in the Divine Liturgy, the sacraments and the divine praises,and already grants them various prerogatives which are proper to Christians.Canon 10 - Attached to the Word of God and adhering to the authentic, living magisterium of theChurch, the Christian faithful are bound to maintain integrally the faith which was preserved andtransmitted at a great price by many and to profess it openly as well as to strive both tounderstand it better and to make it fruitful in works of charity.Canon 11 - In virtue of their rebirth in Christ there exists among all the Christian faithful a trueequality with regard to dignity and the activity whereby all cooperate in the building up of the Bodyof Christ in accord with each one's own condition and function.Canon 12 - §1. The Christian faithful are bound by an obligation in their own patterns of activityalways to maintain communion with the Church.§2. They are to fulfill with great diligence the duties which they owe to the universal Church andto their own Church sui iuris.Canon 13 - All the Christian faithful must make an effort, in accord with each one's own condition,to live a holy life and to promote the growth of the Church and its continual sanctification.Canon 14 - All the Christian faithful have the right and the obligation of working so that the divinemessage of salvation may increasingly reach all peoples in every age and in every land.Canon 15 - §1. The Christian faithful, conscious of their own responsibility, are bound by Christianobedience to follow what the pastors of the Church, as representatives of Christ, declare asteachers of the faith or determine as leaders of the Church.§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their 
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