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Complementary Norms


The Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1983 contains eighty-four canons that call for or permit legislative action by the episcopal conference. Since that time the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (designated the National Conference of Catholic Bishops prior to July 1, 2001) has taken action on twenty-nine canons, thereby establishing particular legislation for the dioceses of the United States.

This website contains a compilation of the complementary norms approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In some instances the bishops voted to retain existing norms or regulations, with due regard for any change or modification warranted by changes in the revised Code; in other instances they revised existing norms or created new norms where necessary. Those actions requiring recognitio or review by the Apostolic See, in accord with canon 455, §2, have been reviewed by the appropriate Roman dicastery.

It is our hope that this compilation will be a useful resource to bishops, canonists, chancery officials, and pastoral ministers. It is our intent to update this website periodically as additional particular legislation is established for the United States.


Index of Complementary Norms

Canon 230, §1 - Installed Lay Ministries
Canon 276, §2, 3º - Permanent Deacons and the Liturgy of the Hours
Canon 284 - Clerical Garb
Canon 496 - Statutes of the Presbyteral Council
Canon 522 - Stability of Office of Pastor
Canon 538, §3 - Cessation of Office of Pastor
Canon 766 - Lay Preaching
Canon 772, §2 - Radio or TV Talks on Christian Doctrine
Canon 788, §3 - The Catechumenate
Canon 831, §2 - Clerics, Members of Religious Institutes on Radio, Television
Canon 877, §3 - Recording the Baptism of Adopted Children
Canon 891 - Age for Confirmation
Canon 961, §1, 2° - General Absolution
Canon 964, §2 - The Confessional
Canon 1031, §3 - Permanent Diaconate: Age
Canon 1062, §1 - Engagement
Canon 1067 - The Investigation of Freedom to Marry
Canon 1112 - Lay Witnesses for Marriage
Canon 1126 - Declarations and Promises: Mixed Marriages
Canon 1127, §2 - Dispensation from Canonical Form: Mixed Marriages
Canon 1246, §2 - Holy Days of Obligation
Canon 1253 - Observance of Fast and Abstinence
Canon 1262 - Fundraising Appeals
Canon 1277 - Acts of Extraordinary Administration by Diocesan Bishop
Canon 1292, §1 - Minimum and Maximum Sums, Alienation of Church Property
Canon 1297 - Leasing of Church Property
Canon 1421, §2 - Lay Persons as Judges
Canon 1425, §4 - Single Clerical Judge
Canon 1439, §2 - Courts of Second Instance
Canons 8 §2 and 455, §3 - Promulgation of USCCB Particular Legislation

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