Canon Law

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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Meat this Friday? Feast or Fast?

March 17, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: No dispensation for this Friday (St. Joseph) is needed. That the general law of abstinence from meat on Fridays (c. 1251) does not bind on “solemnities” is so obvious that few commentaries bother to say “If the Solemnity of St. Joseph falls on a Friday, even in [...]

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Pro-abort Politicians, Communion and Canon Law #915

March 15, 2010

Note for Canon Law Blog Subscribers (as posted by my friend and Canon Lawyer, Ed Peters: Serious discussion of Canon 915 requires access to key documents on the law and awareness of the positions taken thereon by qualified commentators. I have developed a webpage for those who wish to understand, and perhaps contribute to, the [...]

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Bishop Bans Kennedy from Eucharist?

November 22, 2009

Bishop Tobin, Rep. Kennedy, and Holy Communion: Two posts in quick succession about Bp. Tobin and Rep. Kennedy, the first questioning the coherence of reported claims that Tobin has barred Kennedy from receiving Communion, the second, confirming that no such order has been issued. Not yet, anyway. Read them together here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/11/bp-tobin-rep-kennedy-and-holy-communion.html

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Anglican Clergy & Celibacy

November 3, 2009

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peter’s Website: Well, really, it’s more of a “non-note” on celibacy for incoming Anglican ministers. A few days ago the Holy See Press Office issued a note on whether married Anglican ministers coming into full communion would be required to observe celibacy if they sought Catholic holy orders. The statement clarifies [...]

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Anglicans Becoming Catholics!

October 21, 2009

Traditional Anglicans welcome Vatican announcement with joy Archbishop John Hepworth, primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, has issued a statement welcoming Pope Benedict’s decision to permit Anglican communities to join the Catholic Church as communities. First thoughts on an Anglican ordinariate by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: An interesting announcement today from the Congregation for the [...]

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A Catholic Funeral for Ted Kennedy?

August 27, 2009

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peter’s website: “Most of Teddy Kennedy’s politics, and most of whatever parts of his personal life I knew through the media, angered and sometimes even disgusted me. But my opinions about Teddy’s legacy are not at issue in assessing his right to a Catholic funeral under canon law. I trust that [...]

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Canadian Communion Blunder

July 9, 2009

Posted by Canon Lawyer and friend Ed Peter: “Video tape shows Archbishop Andre Richard (Moncton, New Brunswick) giving holy Communion to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a state funeral. It is, of course, inconceivable that Richard did not know that Harper is an evangelical Protestant. Obviously unsure what to do, Harper apparently slipped the [...]

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Has the Pope’s Paper Lost its Mind?

June 30, 2009

From friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: L’OR and the Loss of Reason “For most of my life L’Osservatore Romano has been a sleepy Roman rag that arrived weeks after its publication date, printed in cheap ink that soiled the fingers of those who felt the need to read page after page of boilerplate remarks [...]

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Ed Peters on Archbishop Milingo

June 26, 2009

The Insordescence of Archbishop Milingo Demands Response Insordescence. It’s not a likable word. It’s not a likable thing. But Abp. Milingo is insordescent. And he needs to be dealt with. Read how, here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/06/insordescence-of-abp-milingo-demands.html Milingo schism grows with ordination of another bishop http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3327 Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who incurred automatic excommunication in 2006 when he ordained [...]

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SSPX Continues their Dissent?

June 24, 2009

SSPX will proceed with ordinations despite Vatican warning http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3289 The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has indicated that the group will go forward with priestly ordinations despite a warning from the Vatican that the ceremonies would be “illegitimate.” Bishop Bernard Fellay told <i>Die Presse</i> that only the German bishops saw [...]

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Should Lay Ministers Give Blessings in Lieu of the Eucharist?

May 11, 2009

Lay ministers of holy Communion should stop offering “blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion” at Mass Concerns about swine flu have prompted many parishes to discontinue the routine administration of the Precious Blood. Okay, fine.* But there’s another Communion rite practice that should also cease if only out of concerns for public health. This time, however, it’s a practice that [...]

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Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on Pelosi and Archbishop Wuerl

May 8, 2009

A response to Abp. Wuerl’s claims that canon law supports his inaction in regard to Nancy Pelosi Abp. Donald Wuerl of Washington DC continues to defend his refusal to withhold holy Communion from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a number of ways, but his recent claims that canon law supports his inaction attract my [...]

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Michigan Loses a Great Bishop! St. Louis Gets a Great Bishop!

April 21, 2009

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: A canonical look at Saint Louis’ new archbishop Mixed feelings, of course: Bp. Robert Carlson will be sorely missed here in Michigan, but he’s a terrific choice for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. While others can better describe his work with, say, the Institute for Priestly Formation, [...]

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Fr. Jenkins, Notre Dame & Canon Lawyers

April 9, 2009

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: Fr. Jenkins discovers canon law. Not. Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins continues to flail about for an adequate response (though short of resigning, there isn’t an adequate response) to his monumental gaff of bestowing an honorary doctor of laws degree on a president who has spent [...]

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De-baptizing?

April 3, 2009

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: Britons, we are told, have downloaded some 100,000 “de-baptism” forms, and another 1,500 blokes have paid some $ 5 each for a “de-baptism” parchment. Presumably, people sign these forms and what, we’re not sure, hang them up on the wall or something. A few thoughts on the [...]

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