Can. 1259 The Church may acquire temporal goods in any way in which, by either natural
or positive law, it is lawful for others to do this.
Can. 1260 The Church has the inherent right to require from the faithful whatever is
necessary for its proper objectives.
Can. 1261 ▀1 The faithful have the right to donate temporal goods for the benefit of
▀2 The diocesan Bishop is bound to remind the faithful of the obligation mentioned in
Can. 222 ▀1, and in an appropriate manner to urge it.
Can. 1262 The faithful are to give their support to the Church in response to appeals
and in accordance with the norms laid down by the Episcopal Conference.
Can. 1263 The diocesan Bishop, after consulting the finance committee and the council
of priests, has the right to levy on public juridical persons subject to his authority a
tax for the needs of the diocese. This tax must be moderate and proportionate to their
income. He may impose an extraordinary and moderate tax on other physical and juridical
persons only in a grave necessity and under the same conditions, but without prejudice to
particular laws and customs which may give him greater rights.
Can. 1264 Unless the law prescribes otherwise, it is for the provincial Bishops'
1â determine the taxes, to be approved by the Apostolic See, for acts of executive
authority which grant a favour, or for the execution of rescripts from the Apostolic See;
2â determine the offerings on the occasion of the administration of the sacraments and
Can. 1265 ▀1 Without prejudice to the right of religious mendicants, any
private person, whether physical or juridic, is forbidden to beg for alms for
any pious or ecclesiastical institute or purpose without the written permission
of that personÝs own ordinary and of the local ordinary.
▀2 The conference of bishops can establish norms for begging for alms which
all must observe, including those who by their foundation are called and are
Can. 1266 ▀1 In all churches and oratories regularly open to Christ's faithful,
including those belonging to religious institutes, the local Ordinary may order that a
special collection be taken up for specified parochial, diocesan, national or universal
initiatives. The collection must afterwards be carefully forwarded to the diocesan curia.
Can. 1267 ▀1 Unless the contrary is clear, offerings made to Superiors or
administrators of any ecclesiastical juridical person, even a private one, are presumed to
have been made to the juridical person itself.
▀2 If there is question of a public juridical person, the offerings mentioned in ▀1
cannot be refused except for a just reason and, in matters of greater importance, with the
permission of the Ordinary. Without prejudice to the provisions of Can. 1295, the
permission of the Ordinary is also required for the acceptance of offerings to which are
attached some qualifying obligation or condition.
▀3 Offerings given by the faithful for a specified purpose may be used only for that
Can. 1268 The Church recognises prescription, in accordance with cann. 197é199, as a
means both of acquiring temporal goods and of being freed from their obligations.
Can. 1269 Sacred objects in private ownership may be acquired by private persons by
prescription, but they may not be used for secular purposes unless they have lost their
dedication or blessing. If, however, they belong to a public ecclesiastical juridical
person, they may be acquired only by another public ecclesiastical juridical person.
Can. 1270 Immovable goods, precious movable goods, rights and legal claims, whether
personal or real, which belong to the Apostolic See, are prescribed after a period of one
hundred years. For those goods which belong to another public ecclesiastical juridical
person, the period for prescription is thirty years.
Can. 1271 By reason of their bond of unity and charity, and according to the resources
of their dioceses, Bishops are to join together to produce those means which the Apostolic
See may from time to time need to exercise properly its service of the universal Church.
Can. 1272 In those regions where benefices properly so called still exist, it is for
the Episcopal Conference to regulate such benefices by appropriate norms, agreed with and
approved by the Apostolic See. The purpose of these norms is that the income and as far as
possible the capital itself of the benefice should by degrees be transferred to the fund
mentioned in Can. 1274 ▀1.