The Catholic Church comprised of 1.2 billion members in 200 countries governs itself by means of a handbook, which it calls the Code of Canon Law. Vatican expert and veteran author Fr. Laurence Spiteri has relieved you of the need to read all 1,752 of canons. Here he acquaints you with the fundamental canons by which the Church seeks to bring about the purpose all of them serve: "The salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church." The brief, but lucid explanations of the origins and meaning of the canons make sense of much that puzzles non-Catholics about our Church and that sometimes frustrates even us Catholics.