Canon Law

Dr. Ed Peters Revisits: Neumayr Against Cardinal Wuerl – Eucharist to ProAborts

April 9, 2012

With enemies like Neumayr, Wuerl needs no friends, by Dr. Edward Peters When an ecclesiastic like Washington’s Cardinal Wuerl is attacked so meanly and repeatedly by a writer like George Neumayr, the prelate needs no friends to rush to his defense. Instead, it suffices that folks simply read what Neumayr wrote, a la:  -The word [...]

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Should the Legion of Christ Disappear?

February 15, 2012

I have great friends who are Legionaries, and some Consecrated as well. These are wonderful people serving God and his Church with all their being. They do great work, are loyal and ready to die for Christ. Their university in Rome is top-notch and I have taught classes there. These good folks deserve better than [...]

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Updated: Archdiocese of Detroit vs. Voris/RealCatholicTV

January 3, 2012

January 20 Update Update by Dr. Ed Peters responding to “help defuse some of the more distracting chatter floating around out there. He addresses two further issues: 1) The Archdiocese of Detroit, some claim, does not have jurisdiction over Voris/RCTV; 2) Why not shut down a lot of others using the word “Catholic” out there? [...]

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Conjuring up the Dead on Catholic University Property?

November 16, 2011

My friend and Canon Lawyer writes: If we have to say it, we will: No conjuring up the dead on campus property Granted, a lot of things get hosted in student unions that administration knows nothing about, and the same can be said of many postings on a college website, but by now the St. [...]

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A Canonical Look at Dolan’s Decree

November 9, 2011

Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer, writes: I understand that other bishops have issued decrees similar to the one issued by New York Abp. Timothy Dolan a few days ago, but anything that New York does inevitably serves as a reference for other local Churches, and so “Dolan’s Decree”, as it has been dubbed, against formal ecclesiastical [...]

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Fr. Pavone and his Bishop – Several Evaluations

September 24, 2011

Review comparing other problems with priests and thoughts on Fr. Pavone. A heartfelt and balanced analysis and review of the situation between Fr. Pavone and his Bishop Zurek. It is entitled “Fr. Pavone and Authentic Freedom.” You can read it HERE Another review of the situation on CatholicCulture.org the Latest by Canon Lawyer . It [...]

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Can Governments Pass Laws Regulating the Seal of Confession?

July 23, 2011

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes, A note on proposals to require priests to violate the seal of confession Concerning recent Irish and Australian proposals to require priests who, through their ministry in sacramental confession, learn the identity of child sexual abusers (or of any other malefactors, for that matter), to disclose such [...]

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Wearing the Rosary as a Necklace

July 16, 2011

ROME, JUNE 14, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I have seen people wear the rosary as a necklace and, in fact, I had a fifth-grader ask me during CCD if that was a sin. I told her that I didn’t believe [...]

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Questions Over Who Can Receive Communion Not Going Away

June 29, 2011

My Friend and Canon Lawyer, Dr. Ed Peters, writes: Questions over Canon 915 are not going away As long as Canon 915 is so widely misunderstood and virtually ignored, neuralgic controversies over the public reception of holy Communion by certain notorious figures are going to keep arising, over, and over, and over again. And not [...]

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When Bad Advice in Confession is a Crime

June 1, 2011

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: The folks at Homiletic and Pastoral Review have kindly posted my entire article, “When bad advice in confession becomes a crime” (June/July 2001). Whole article HERE The article explains how the canonical crime of solicitation in confession (Canon 1387*) penalizes not simply an attempt by a priest to use the [...]

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Attempted Deaconate Ordination by a Woman

April 9, 2011

Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer and Friend, writes: By seeking diaconal orders, did Norma Jean Coon commit “heresy”? The Norma Jean Coon case, which began so terribly and ended so beautifully, continues to occasion discussion. One line of thought has lately caught my eye: in light of Canons 750-751 and ap. lit. Ordinatio sacerdotalis (1994), Coon’s [...]

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Woman who Repents of Pseudo-ordination

March 17, 2011

From Canon Lawyer and Friend Ed Peters: A blog post about the National Catholic Reporter story on Norma Jean Coon, the woman who recently repented of her pseudo-ordination. Discussion of her excommunication, reconciliation, and the National Catholic Reporter story. I read with bemusement the National Catholic Reporter story on the recent reconciliation of Norma Jean [...]

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Vatican Canon Law Adviser: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Should Be Denied Communion

March 1, 2011

Read the Article here. For the arguments back and forth on Peter’s website, see here.

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Ed Peters and the Diocese of Albany “Should Cuomo Receive Communion?”

February 23, 2011

Article in CNSnews.com ******************************* From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: My brief replies to Albany’s brief response A political wag once observed that the fastest way to start a ruckus on Capitol Hill is to point out what the Constitution actually says. In the Church, it seems, the fastest way to start a ruckus is to [...]

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Death of Converted Abortionist

February 21, 2011

The death of Dr. Bernard Nathanson today affords us an opportunity to recall the tremendous effect of Baptism. Like, our not needing to pray for any mercy to be shown to Nathanson for his 75,000 abortions. Read why here: here In the Light of the Law: a canon lawyer’s blog: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/

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Naming a Child

January 12, 2011

By Ed Peters: The pope on children’s names No, the pope didn’t “rail” against giving un-Christian names to babies, but he did point out, calmly and correctly, that names are important, and that the choice of a child’s name should not be left to whim or fancy. There is, though—as is so often the case [...]

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