Canon Law

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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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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