Surprised by Canon Law

150 Questions Catholics Ask about Canon Law
Book cover: 'Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Catholics Ask about Canon Law'
Author(s): 
Pete Vere
Michael Trueman
Copyright: 
2004
Publisher: 
Servant Books (an imprint of St. Anthony Messenger Press)
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
126 pages
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

Pete and Michael are Canon Lawyers for the Catholic Church. This means they answer lots of questions about the rules that guide our faith. Canon law in many instances determines how theological truths apply to the daily practice of the Catholic faith.

This book gives a good introductory look at canon law. From the basic, "What is canon law all about?" to the more obscure, "What relationship does a Catholic association have with the larger church?" this book will give you a good, basic concept of what canon law is, and what canon lawyers do.

There are fourteen chapters, starting with general questions, and moving to specific questions and covering all of the sacraments. There is a handy index in the back for looking things up. I found the chapter on the role of priests and the structure of the parish very interesting.

Overall, this is a good, basic introductory look at canon law for people who are curious as to what canon law means, what it can and cannot do, and when a canon lawyer may help them in a certain situation.

This book would be very useful to give to the high school student as a supplement to the religion program you are using. Most high school students have probably not heard of canon law, and this book will give them a basic understanding of the inner workings of the church in this regard. The material is certainly understandable for most 13 and older students.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
8-5-05