Canon Law Retroactive?

Question: 

If there is a new law in the church, does this mean that all buildings need to be renovated up to the new law? I'm thinking of the case of a Blessed Sacrament Chapel and how currently it is up to the bishop to decide if renovation is needed and not the pastor, or so I'm told.

--Leary in LA

Answer: 

In the Code of Canon Law, number 9 states that laws only effect the future. This is the same in civil law too, and where the term "grandfather" clause comes in, since it may not have been a law for your grandfather, he's exempt, but you are not because it is a law for you now and in the future.

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