General and Introductory Materials
Part 6 Other Rites and Devotions

Chapter 63 Sacramentals / Blessings

Preliminary Questions

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Preliminary Questions

 

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Dedication of a Church

[From a private replay on the web 2008 03 31]  A dedicated church and a consecrated church are equal in canon law, and the laws on dedication apply to those that had been consecrated. "Dedication" is the modern term, since 1977, for "consecration" with respect to churches.

The word "consecration" is now reserved for the consecration of virgins and the consecration of chrism. The Code also uses it, anachronistically, for the ordination of a bishop.

For the reduction of a church for profane use, see the law of canons 1212 and 1222. It can be used for any purpose that is not sordid, and the bishop is competent to make this determination.

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