Kevin McKenna is the pastor of St. Theodore’s parish in Rochester, N.Y., former president of the Canon Law Society of America and the author of “Pope Francis and the Parish” (Paulist Press, 2022) and “A Concise Guide to Canon Law: A Practical Handbook” (Ave Maria Press, 2023).
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