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William Morris wrote:

Hi, guys —

This is such a blessing! I am starting a charitable Catholic society of lay people who are called to an apostolate. My question is:

How do I have the society recognized by the Roman Catholic Church?

Thank you and blessings through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Remedy and Christ's gentle presence.

Wm. John Morris +

  { How do I have my society recognized by the Roman Catholic Church? }

Eric replied:

Hi, William —

Contact your diocese. There are canonical structures specifically designed for this.

I think the one you want is an Association of Christian Faithful (see Canon 298).


Code of Canon Law for the Catholic Church


Associations Of The Christian Faithful (Canons 298 - 329)

Chapter I.

Common Norms

Canon 298:

§1. In the Church there are associations distinct from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life; in these associations the Christian faithful, whether clerics, lay persons, or clerics and lay persons together, strive in a common endeavor to foster a more perfect life, to promote public worship or Christian doctrine, or to exercise other works of the apostolate such as initiatives of evangelization, works of piety or charity, and those which animate the temporal order with a Christian spirit.

§2. The Christian faithful are to join especially those associations which competent ecclesiastical authority has erected, praised, or commended.

William replied:

Thanks so much!


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