Who can mass be offered for?


#1

Title question. Is there something in Canon Law or the GIRM that states who masses can be requested for. I'm thinking specifically if mass can be requested for non-Catholics. I now that we can offer our individual intentions for anyone, but can just as an example a mass be named and offered for the repose of the soul of a friend who was an atheist that died in a car accident. Or a member of a Baptist church that died after a long illness? Or a close friend that is currently struggling with trying to find truth in religion?

I'm looking for something specific in Canon Law or some other official Church teaching.


#2

[quote="spiderweb, post:1, topic:346895"]
Title question. Is there something in Canon Law or the GIRM that states who masses can be requested for.

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Not to my knowledge. In general you may offer a mass intention for anyone or anything, living or dead, Catholic or not. I don't know of anything that specifically says who a Mass can or can't be offered for.

vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P3D.HTM

It seems it would be up to the priest's discretion to refuse a Mass intention, perhaps if it involved a notorious person (like if someone requested a Mass for Adolf Hitler or something).

Perhaps a priest would use the same guidelines as are used in granting or denying an ecclesiastical funeral, or they would ask their bishop if in doubt or if they had a concern about a mass intention request.

vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P4C.HTM


#3

[quote="spiderweb, post:1, topic:346895"]
Title question. Is there something in Canon Law or the GIRM that states who masses can be requested for. I'm thinking specifically if mass can be requested for non-Catholics. I now that we can offer our individual intentions for anyone, but can just as an example a mass be named and offered for the repose of the soul of a friend who was an atheist that died in a car accident. Or a member of a Baptist church that died after a long illness? Or a close friend that is currently struggling with trying to find truth in religion?

I'm looking for something specific in Canon Law or some other official Church teaching.

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A Mass may be said for any person, living or deceased, Catholic or non-Catholic. It may also be said for any appropriate intention.


#4

[quote="spiderweb, post:1, topic:346895"]
Title question. Is there something in Canon Law or the GIRM that states who masses can be requested for. I'm thinking specifically if mass can be requested for non-Catholics. I now that we can offer our individual intentions for anyone, but can just as an example a mass be named and offered for the repose of the soul of a friend who was an atheist that died in a car accident. Or a member of a Baptist church that died after a long illness? Or a close friend that is currently struggling with trying to find truth in religion?

I'm looking for something specific in Canon Law or some other official Church teaching.

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Yes, Mass can and should be offered for non-Catholics and non-Christians.


#5

Thanks for the responses and the links 1ke. Perhaps it would be a good idea to start specifically having mass offered for individual members of the government and Supreme Court. Just a thought


#6

[quote="spiderweb, post:5, topic:346895"]
Thanks for the responses and the links 1ke. Perhaps it would be a good idea to start specifically having mass offered for individual members of the government and Supreme Court. Just a thought

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Many people will offer these Masses as "public servants" or something similar. I think there would be some resistance if I wanted to offer a Mass for Nancy Pelosi or Pres. Obama.


#7

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