Canon Law

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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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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