Appeared in Spring 2001, Vol. XXVI, No. 1
A technical juridic document such as the 1983 Code of Canon law is not the first place one thinks to look for references to the place of Mary and the saints in Catholic life.1 But it need not be the last place one looks, either. Seminary formation, episcopal ad liming visits, popular devotions, magisterial infallibility, and alienation of ecclesiastical property-these are just a sampling of the canonical topics which include, to one degree or another, references to the Blessed Virgin and the saints in Church life and administration. I believe these Marian and cultic references are more significant than their relatively low frequency of occurrence in the revised Code might at first glance seem to imply, if only because a significant number of these textual appearances are directly attributable to pontifical decisions made late in the canonical reform process.2 It is the purpose of this article to gather all of the references to Mary and the saints which occur in the 1983 Code and to comment on them.3
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