Links to Church Documents
We have included below links to documents from local bishops’ conferences from around the globe. Please be aware that you should look to the documents from the bishops’ conference of your country/area for particular guidance. Documents from bishops’ conferences of other countries are offered for interesting reading and a diversity of perspectives.
Documents of the Second Vatican Council
England and Wales
Diocesan Building Guidelines
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) (1965)
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) (1963)
Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis) (1965)
Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) (1965)
Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes Divinitus) (1965)
Decree on the Life and Ministry of Priests (Presbyterorum Ordinis) (1965)
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem) (1965)
Decree on Priestly Training (Optatam Totius) (1965)
Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life (Perfectae Caritatis) (1965)
Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church (Christus Dominus) (1965)
Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) (1964)
Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite (Orientalium Ecclesiarum) (1965)
Code of Canon Law (1983)
Fourth Instruction "For the Right Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council," Varietates Legitimae on Inculturation & the Roman Liturgy
Fifth Instruction "For the Right Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council," Liturgiam authenticam (Latin version) on the use of vernacular languages with the publication of the books of the Roman liturgy (2001)
Instruction, Redemptionis Sacramentum (2004)
The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church (Instrumentum Laboris) (2005)
Catechesis Tradendae: On Catechesis in Our Time (John Paul II, 1979)
Dies Domini: On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy (John Paul II, 1998)
Letter to Artists (John Paul II, 1999)
United States Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy
Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (May 2007)
National Liturgical Commission
Australian Consultation On Liturgy
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
At Worship with the Disabled (1981; rev. 2002)
Celiac Disease and Communion (1999)
Our Place of Worship. Ottawa, Canada: CCCB Publications Services, 1999.
Canadian Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the National Liturgy Office
Communion from the Cup (1996)
Architectual Heritage Protection for Places of Public Worship, Guidelines for Planning Authorities (12 November 2003). Issued by the Department of the Environment, Heritage, and Local Government on Places of Worship.
The Planning Acts and Their Implications (2002). From the Advisory Committee on Sacred Art and Architecture (Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference).
A Guide to Liturgical Requirements (2001). From the Advisory Committee on Sacred Art and Architecture (Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference).
Diocesan Building Guidelines
Many Catholic dioceses around the globe have building guidelines and/or policies. Listed below are the links we found to such documents. If you know of others or know of updated versions of the ones listed, please e-mail us.
» United States:
Diocese of Austin (Texas): "General Policy for Parish Construction Projects" (Revised 2006)
Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland): "Policies and Procedures for New Construction, Renovations and Maintenance Projects" (2003)
Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina): "Guidelines for the Building and Renovating of Church Edifices in the Diocese of Charleston" (post-2000; exact date unknown) and "Directives to to be Followed in Selecting an Architect" (date unknown)
Diocese of Cleveland (Ohio): "Understanding Diocesan Renovation & Construction Guidelines and Policies" (August 2001)
Diocese of Davenport (Iowa): "Policies Relating to Building and Renovation Projects in Parishes" (June 1, 2006)
Archdiocese of Denver (Colorado): "Building, Property and Construction Project Guidelines" (October 4, 2007)
Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin): "Norms for the Construction and Ordering of Church Buildings" (2006)
Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky): "Building Commission Construction Process" (2005)
Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Wisconsin): "Building a Home, Gathering the Assembly: Norms for Building and Renovating Churches" (post-2000 but exact date unknown)
Diocese of Raleigh (North Carolina): "Planning and Construction Manual" (2005)
Diocese of San Bernardino (California): "Policy Manual for Construction and Real Estate" (December 1, 2003)
Diocese of San Diego (California): "Building and Renovation Guidelines for Worship Space" (September 1, 2004)
Diocese of Tuscon (Arizona): "Policies and Procedures Manual for New Construction, Renovations, Additions, and Maintenance Projects" (August 1, 2006)
Diocese of Venice (Florida): "Building and Renovation Process Policy" (Revised April 1991)
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney: "Procedure of Consultation"