Can. 822 $1. The pastors of the Church, employing a right which be longs to the Church in fulfilling its responsibility, are to endeavor to make use of the instruments of
$2. These same pastors are to see to it that the faithful are taught that they are bound in duty to cooperate so that the use of the instruments of social communication is
animated with ahuman and Christian spirit.
$3. All the Christian faithful are to be concerned about furnishing assistance in this pastoral activity in such a way that the Church effectively fulfills its responsibility
through such instruments; this is especially true for those who in any way have a role in the regulation or use of these instruments.
Can. 823 $1. In order for the integrity of the truths of the faith and morals to be preserved, the pastors of the Church have the duty and the right to be vigilant lest harm
be done to the faith or morals of the Christian faithful through writings or the use of the instruments of social communication; they likewise have the duty and the right to demand that writings to be
published by the Christian faithful which touch upon faith or morals be submitted to their judgment; they also have the duty and right to denounce writings which harm correct faith or good morals.
$2. The bishops as individuals or gathered in particular councils or conferences of bishops have the duty and the right mentioned in $1 with regard to the Christian faithful
committed to their care; the supreme authority of the Church has this duty and right in regard to the whole people of God.
Can. 824 $1. Unless otherwise established, the local ordinary whose permission or approval to publish books is to be sought according to the canons of this title is the proper
local ordinary of the author or the ordinary of the place in which the books are published.
2. Unless otherwise evident, the prescriptions of the canons of this title concerning books are to be applied to any writings whatsoever which are destined for public
Can. 825 $1. Books of the Sacred Scriptures cannot be published unless they have been approved either by the Apostolic See or by the conference of bishops; for their
vernacular translations to be published it is required that they likewise be approved by the same authority and also annotated with necessary and sufficient explanations.
$2. With the permission of the conference of bishops Catholic members of the Christian faithful can collaborate with separated brothers and sisters in preparing and publishing
translations of the Sacred Scriptures annotated with appropriate explanations.
Can. 826 $1. The prescriptions of can. 838 are to be observed concerning liturgical books.
$2. For the reprinting in whole or in part of
liturgical books as well as their vernacular translation, the ordinary of the place in which they are published must attest that they correspond with the approved edition.
$3. Prayer books for the public or private use of the faithful may not be published without the permission of the local ordinary.
Can. 827 $1. With due regard for the prescription of can. 775, $2, catechisms and other writings dealing with catechetical formation or their translations need the approval of
the local ordinary for their publication.
$2. Books which treat questions of sacred scripture, theology, canon law, church history or which deal with religious or moral disciplines cannot be employed as the textbooks
on which instruction is based in elementary, middle or higher schools unless they were published with the approval of the competent ecclesiastical authority or subsequently approved by it.
$3. It is recommended that books which deal with the matters mentioned in $2 be submitted to the judgment of the local ordinary even if they are not employed as
textbooks forteaching; the same is true for writings in which something is found to be of special concern to religion or to good moral behavior.
$4. Books and other writings which treat of questions of religion or morals cannot be exhibited, sold, or distributed in churches or oratories unless they were published with
the permission of the competent ecclesiastical authority or they were subsequently approved by it.
Can. 828 It is unlawful to reprint collections of decrees or acts issued by some ecclesiastical authority unless prior permission of this same authority has been obtained and
its conditions observed.
Can. 829 The approval or permission to publish some work applies to its original text, but not to new editions or translations of it.
Can. 830 $1. The conference of bishops can compile a list of censors known for their knowledge, correct doctrine and prudence who could aid diocesan curios, or it can
establish a commission of censors which local ordinaries can consult; however, the right of each local ordinary to entrust the judging of books to persons approved by him still remains intact.
$2. In undertaking the office, the censor, laying aside any respect for persons, is to consider only the teaching of the Church concerning faith and morals as it is
proposed by the ecclesiastical magisterium.
$3. The censors opinion must be given in writing; if it is favorable, the ordinary, in his own prudent judgment, is to grant the permission to publish, giving his own name
and the time and place of the granting of the permission; if, however, he does not grant the permission, the ordinary is to communicate the reasons for his refusal to the author of the work.
Can. 831 $1. Without a just and reasonable cause the Christian faithful are not to write anything for newspapers, magazines or periodicals which are accustomed to attack
openly the Catholic religion or good morals; clerics and members of religious institutes are to do so only with the permission of the local ordinary.