Canon Law

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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Cuomo’s concubinage and holy Communion

January 4, 2011

My friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters writes: Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, and Sandra Lee, a television celebrity, live in what is known technically as public concubinage. The fact that both Cuomo and Lee are divorced renders the concubinage adulterous on both sides as well. Read the about the modern canonical implications of [...]

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Bishop Olmsted De-certifies “Catholic” Hospital

December 21, 2010

My friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters writes: Bishop Olmsted, Canon 216, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Well, the situation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, in terms of its compliance (or lack thereof) with several fundamental points of Catholic medical-moral teaching, was apparently worse than we thought. Bishop Olmsted’s decision to de-certify St. Joseph’s as [...]

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Chinese Episcopal Ordination Valid?

November 26, 2010

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes: “Was the Chinese episcopal ordination valid? I almost blogged about the Chinese episcopal ordination ceremony last Saturday, but held off for lack of concrete facts and because of the eruption of another story the same day. But a line in the HSPO press release today suggests that [...]

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Good News from Rome: Burke, Dolan & Sad News too

November 19, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: “Franz Klein of the Diocese of Lacrosse has a nice spread on Archbishop, and-one-day-shy-of-being-formally Cardinal, Burke in the on-line The Catholic Times (18 Nov. 2010, page 3B). Klein offers a good overview of Burke’s typical day at the Apostolic Signatura, and of the esteem in which he is [...]

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Archbishop Dolan’s Latest Service will be a Great One

November 17, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: “The version of the story I heard was that Tim Dolan, then an eighth grader at Holy Infant Parish in Saint Louis, rang the rectory doorbell one day and told the pastor that he wanted to do something to help the Church. The priest glanced at his [...]

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Ed Peters on Women Priests

October 11, 2010

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes: Care to see just how many errors one AFP article on “women priests” can contain? Check it out my Dissection of Baloney Journalism, here: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/dissection-of-baloney-journalism.html. It’s got me seeing red!

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Canon Law Articles Recommended by Ed Peters

September 21, 2010

For those who love Canon Law issues. CanonLawyer Dr. Peters writes, “Three recent and important “short-reads” related to canon law . “A number of pressing projects reduce the time I have available for blogging, but I wanted at least to call attention to three very different, but very interesting, short essays that I came across [...]

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Can the Magisterium Still Lead the Church?

August 1, 2010

Canon Lawyer and friend Ed Peters answers Fr. Doyle and his ecclesiology of despair Fr. Thomas Doyle, op, has an essay in The Tablet (24 July 2010) wherein he comments, mostly negatively, on some canonical procedural norms recently revised and published by Rome. My concern here, though, is with what I will call an “ecclesiology [...]

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Defending Good Seminary Professors

July 29, 2010

Someone challenged the qualifications of a few professors I know and it seems Canon Lawyer (another friend) took a bit of justified umbrage. The two professors I know are Ralph Martin and Janet Smith who teach at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Other names mentioned are Christopher West (Theology of the Body) and George [...]

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Six Questions on Excommunication

July 16, 2010

Replies to Ron Modras’ six questions on excommunication from my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: No single individual, indeed, no medium-sized office of people, would suffice to provide adequate replies to the mostly-junk theology routinely put out by the National Catholic Reporter. But rather than curse the darkness, I light here a candle against [...]

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Abortion Case in Phoenix

June 4, 2010

From my friend and canon lawyer, Ed Peters: “Necessity” does not canonically excuse intrinsically evils acts like abortion I have offered a couple of responses to Fr. Thomas Doyle’s recent analysis of the Phoenix abortion case. Read about it here: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/necessity-does-not-canonically-excuse.html

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Abortion & Confession

June 3, 2010

Any confessor can absolve penitents of abortion From time to time I am asked whether priests need special faculties to absolve penitents in abortion cases. Although the 1983 Code, in contrast to the 1917 Code, requires no special confessional faculties in abortion cases — and therefore any priest authorized to hear confessions can absolve from [...]

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Phoenix Abortion Case

May 22, 2010

My friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters, writes: The irony (no, make that, the hubris and hypocrisy) of “Catholics for Free Choice”, a group notoriously dedicated to disregarding the right to life of pre-born babies, criticizing a Catholic bishop for allegedly disregarding a hospital administrator’s right to a good reputation after she admitted her cooperation [...]

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A Primer on Ordination Blessings and Indulgences

April 27, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Edward Peters: A few questions related to ordinations always seem to surface about this time of year. Below are four (well, actually, five) points on blessings and indulgences related to ordinations that might be useful to recall. Click here.

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