Can. 822 ß1 In exercising their office the pastors of the Church, availing themselves
of a right which belongs to the Church, are to make an ample use of the means of social
ß2 Pastors are also to teach the faithful that they have the duty of working together
so that the use of the means of social communication may be imbued with a human and
ß3 All Christ's faithful, especially those who in any way take part in the management
or use of the media, are to be diligent in assisting pastoral action, so that the Church
can more effectively exercise its office through these means.
Can. 823 ß1 In order to safeguard the integrity of faith and morals, pastors of the
Church have the duty and the right to ensure that in writings or in the use of the means
of social communication there should be no ill effect on the faith and morals of Christ's
faithful. They also have the duty and the right to demand that where writings of the
faithful touch upon matters of faith and morals, these be submitted to their judgment.
Moreover, they have the duty and the right to condemn writings which harm true faith or
ß2 For Christ's faithful entrusted to their care, the duty and the right mentioned in
ß1 belong to the Bishops, both as individuals and in particular councils or Episcopal
Conferences; for the whole people of God, they belong to the supreme authority in the
Can. 824 ß1 Unless it is otherwise provided, the local Ordinary whose permission or
approval for publishing a book is to be sought according to the canons of this title, is
the author's proper local Ordinary, or the Ordinary of the place in which the book is
ß2 Unless the contrary is clear, what is said in the canons of this title about books,
applies also to any writings intended for publication.
Can. 825 ß1 Books of the sacred Scriptures may not be published unless they are
approved by the Apostolic See or the Episcopal Conference. The publication of translations
of the sacred Scriptures requires the approval of the same authority, and they must have
necessary and sufficient explanatory notes.
ß2 With the permission of the Episcopal Conference, catholic members of Christ's
faithful, in cooperation with separated brethren, may prepare and publish versions of the
Scriptures, with appropriate explanatory notes.
Can. 826 ß1 For liturgical books, the provisions of can. 838 are to be observed.
ß2 To republish liturgical books or to publish translations of all or part of them, it
must be established, by an attestation of the Ordinary of the place in which they are
published, that they accord with an approved edition.
ß3 Prayer books, for either the public or the private use of the faithful, are not to
be published except by permission of the local Ordinary.
Can. 827 ß1 Without prejudice to the provisions of can. 775 ß2, the publication of
catechisms and other writings pertaining to catechetical formation, as well as their
translations, requires the approval of the local Ordinary.
ß2 Books dealing with matters concerning sacred Scripture, theology, canon law, church
history, or religious or moral subjects may not be used as textbooks on which the
instruction is based, in elementary, intermediate or higher schools, unless they were
published with the approbation of the competent ecclesiastical authority or were
subsequently approved by that authority.
ß3 It is recommended that books dealing with the subjects mentioned in ß2, even
though not used as basic textbooks, and any writings which specially concern religion or
good morals, be submitted to the judgment of the local Ordinary.
ß4 Books or other written material dealing with religion or morals may not be
displayed, sold or given away in churches or oratories, unless they were published with
the permission of the competent ecclesiastical authority or were subsequently approved by
Can. 828 Collections of decrees or acts published by any ecclesiastical authority may
not be republished without first seeking the permission of the same authority and
observing the conditions which it lays down.
Can. 829 Approval or permission to publish a work is valid only for the first edition,
but not for new editions or translations.
Can. 830 ß1 Every local Ordinary retains the right to appoint persons whom he
considers competent to give a judgment about books. The Episcopal Conference, however,
may draw up a list of censors who are outstanding for their knowledge, right doctrine and
prudence, to be available to diocesan curias; it may even establish a commission of
censors whom the local Ordinary can consult.
ß2 In carrying out this task, a censor must put aside all preference of persons and
look only to the teaching of the Church concerning faith and morals, as declared by its
ß3 The censor must give an opinion in writing. If it is favorable, the Ordinary may,
in his prudent judgment, give his permission for the work to be published, adding his own
name and the date and place of the permission. If he does not give this permission, the
Ordinary must inform the author of the reasons for the refusal.
Can. 831 ß1 Unless there is a just and reasonable cause, no member of Christ's
faithful may write in newspapers, pamphlets or periodicals which clearly are accustomed to
attack the catholic religion or good morals. Clerics and members of religious institutes
may write in them only with the permission of the local Ordinary.
ß2 It is for the Episcopal Conference to lay down norms determining the requirements
for clerics and members of religious institutes to take part in radio and television
programs which concern catholic doctrine or morals.
Can. 832 To publish writings on matters of religion or morals, members of religious
institutes require also the permission of their major Superior, in accordance with the