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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE PLACING OF THE TABERNACLE
IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Q. 1. What does the Catholic Church teach regarding the placing of the Tabernacle in the Church?

A. 1. The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding the placing of the Tabernacle is found in the Code of Canon Law where it states:

Canon Law

# 938 1. The Most Holy Eucharist is to be reserved habitually in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory.

# 938 2. The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved is to be situated in some part of the church or oratory which is distinguished, conspicuous, beautifully decorated, and suitable for prayer.

[Note: conspicuous means "easy to notice, obvious, attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable." In other words, it is forbidden to hide the Tabernacle in a side room where the faithful cannot easily locate it, giving the impression that the Real Presence of Christ has been taken out of the Church sanctuary.]

# 938 3. The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved habitually is to be immovable, made of solid and opaque material, and locked in such a way that the danger of profanation is avoided as much as possible.

# 938 4. For a grave cause, it is permitted to reserve the Most Holy Eucharist in some other fit-ting and more secure place, especially at night.

# 938 5. The person responsible for the church or oratory is to take care that the key of the tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved is safeguarded most diligently.



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