A Companion to Canon Law

Answers to 501 Questions on Canon Law

Rev. Dr Sahayaraj Lourdusamy is a renowned Canonist in India. He is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. He holds a doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic Institute of Paris, as well as a doctorate in Civil Law from Paris-Sud University, France. He has authored 24 books (Tamil, English and French), and contributes articles to Studia Canonica, Vaigarai, etc. He has gifted one more book to the Church titled A COMPANION TO CANON LAW: Answers to 501 Questions on Canon Law. He has dedicated this book to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, who was his Professor in Canon Law and who is the most respected Canonist in India.

For anyone who is interested in knowing more about Church Law, this publication is a very handy tool to enrich and deepen one's understanding of how Canon Law is ultimately at the service of the caring of souls. The 501 questions in the book are divided into seven parts, each corresponding to the seven books of the Code of Canon Law. The book offers simple yet clear-cut answers to questions involving Canon Law. Notably, it answers the 501 questions in an easy manner which covers both the Latin Rite and the Oriental Rite norms, covering a vast range of issues of Christian living.

The book's Foreword is by Most Rev. Dr George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Madras- Mylapore and Vice President of the CCBI, who praises Dr Sahayaraj's clear legal explanations. He writes, " A quick glance at this important contribution enlightens me to the fact that this book not only includes all relevant and vital data related to the doubts and questions that might arise in the application of Canon Law in pastoral ministry tended by parish priests and religious, it also above all bestows adequate answers and explanations in a scholarly and convincing way. It is indeed a valid companion to all ministers of the Church engaged in pastoral care." Most Rev. Archbishop Antony Pappusamy of Madurai, who wrote the preface of this book, aptly states that " ...his (Fr Sahayaraj's) rich experience and practical knowledge gained in Judicial and Chancery ministries in his Diocese, Thanjavur, for many years, have helped him to identify all the canonical issues that beg practical interpretation."

Dr Sahayaraj offers to the Canonists and the Laity of the Church a useful guide to help them understand and appreciate Canon Law and its relationship to their daily lives. He acquaints you with the fundamental canons by which the Church seeks to bring about, as it declares in the very last canon, its purpose: " The salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church" (C. 1752). If you want to know the Church for who She is—and to love Her more— A COMPANION TO CANON LAW Answers to 501 Questions on Canon Law is the book for you.


Fr Emmanuel K.T.

Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Bombay