ASK FATHER: Can we have Masses said for non-Catholics?

Posted December 24, 2016 12:26 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Can we have Masses said for non-Catholics?

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QUAERITUR:
Is it appropriate to have Masses said for deceased non-Catholics? What about Gregorian Masses?
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It is praiseworthy and a work of mercy to pray for the dead.  Consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church 958, 1032.
Can. 901 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law says: “A priest is free to apply the Mass for anyone, living or dead”  That means “anyone”, Catholic or non-Catholic.    Once upon a time there were restrictions on Masses for people who were excommunicated at the time of their death, but that no longer applies.

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