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Mass Stipend
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In Catholic canon law, mass stipend designates the traditionally established custom of donating money to a priest, so that the latter may apply the mass for a specific intention (cf. CIC 1983 c. 945 §1; CCEO c. 715 §1). The CIC deliberately avoids – as does the CCEO – the older term stipendium (cf. CIC 1917 cc. 824–844) to obviate the possiblility of a misinterpretation of the mass stipend as a payment for the performance of a spiritual act. It uses the term stips (donation) instead. Priests are to celebrate mass in the eyes of the faithful (and esp. of the need…

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Pree, Helmuth, “Mass Stipend”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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