Religion: Offer in Error

"In a certain town the Baptist church was destroyed by fire on a Friday night. At once a Catholic fraternal organization offered the use of its hall to the Baptist congregation for Sunday services, and the offer was gratefully accepted. What is to be said of the procedure adopted by the Catholic organization?"

This question is typical of doctrinal questions submitted by Roman Catholic readers seeking guidance from the American Ecclesiastical Review, a monthly magazine for the clergy published by Washington's Catholic University of America. The answer to this particular question, written by one of the church's top U.S. experts in canon...

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