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The obligations and rights of all the Christian faithful (208 - 223)


Can. 209 §1.

Can. 215

Can. 216

Can. 223 §1.

Can. 223 §2.

The Christian faithful, even in their own manner of acting, are always obliged to maintain communion with the Church.

The Christian faithful are at liberty freely to found and direct associations for purposes of charity or piety or for the promotion of the Christian vocation in the world and to hold meetings for the common pursuit of these purposes.


Since they participate in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.

In exercising their rights, the Christian faithful, both as individuals and gathered together in associations, must take into account the common good of the Church, the rights of others, and their own duties toward others.


In view of the common good, ecclesiastical authority can direct the exercise of rights which are proper to the Christian faithful.

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