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Canon Law of the Sacraments for Parish Ministry , by Fr. William Woestman, O.M.I.

Chicago, IL (December 6, 2007) – In response to the volume of questions that the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Canonical Services fields each day that must be interpreted by an expert of sacred canon law, Oblate Father William Woestman, associate vicar for canonical services, has written his seventh book, Canon Law of the Sacraments for Parish Ministry.

“I wrote it because there was a need for it, as we get these types of questions all the time in the office. If callers had this book, they could find the answer themselves,” said Fr. Woestman, reffering to queries from parish priests, deacons and lay workers.

The book is indexed with topics relative to the seven sacraments of the Catholic church, including specifics on everything from polygamy to godparents. For example, questions often arise about having a new godparent designated in instances where there has been a falling out, or if a godparent has died.

The book also adresses the societal changes that encourage the perception that marriage is not necessarily permanent, and that lead to invalid and subsequent annulments.

Much of the 406-page Canon Law of the Sacraments for Parish Ministry is a distillation of lengthy, detailed commentaries Woestman has written over several years for students who are candidates for a degree in canon law.

The book sells for $52 and can be ordered directly from the publisher, the University of St. Paul, in Ottawa, Canada by email at:

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