For those intrigued with tough Canon Law cases

by Steve Ray on March 29, 2008

Steven Sueppel should not be granted an ecclesiastical funeral

Dr. Ed Peters, my friend and Canon Lawyer writes: “One of the reasons we have rules is to help us guide our decision-making when circumstances make it difficult to think clearly. The horrific murder of the Sueppel family by their husband-father Steven, who then finally succeeded in killing himself, is nothing if not a difficult circumstance. My read, in any case, of 1983 CIC 1184.1.3, in light of the gruesome facts of this case, leads me to conclude that Steven Sueppel should be denied ecclesiastical funeral rites.” Read more it at: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/03/steven-sueppel-should-not-be-granted.html

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