Canon Law

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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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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