Canon Law

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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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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Pewsitter Petition to Bishops

March 13, 2009

The Pewsitter Petition on Canon 915 (from my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters) has published an on-line petition by which Catholics may call upon bishops to withhold holy Communion from Catholic political figures who gravely disregard Church teaching on certain fundamental life issues. The petition invokes canon law in support of some of [...]

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Weigel and Peters: More on the Legionaires

February 8, 2009

In the Light of the Law looks at what kind of charism a criminal (or a sociopath) founder can bequeath: And George Weigel calls for immediate Vatican intervention in the Legion: No Immediate Vatican Involvement Click here My heart goes out to the many great men in the Legion who don’t deserve the [...]

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George Weigel on the Recent Lifting of Excommunication

February 5, 2009

Rome’s Reconciliation Writing for Newsweek, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel explores and explains Pope Benedict XVI’s lifting of excommunication of four Lefebvrist bishops, including Holocaust denier Richard Williamson: “the lifting of Williamson’s excommunication in no way constitutes a papal endorsement of Williamson’s lunatic view of history, or a retraction of John Paul II’s 1998 [...]

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Adopting Embryos?

February 4, 2009

Ed Peters, my friend and Canon Lawyer writes: I think that we should take our time exploring the moral issues surrounding “embryo adoption”. Read why here:

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Medieval Writer on Same Sex Marriage

November 24, 2008

From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: For those interested in how historical texts might be plumbed for insights into contemporary debates, I provide here an interesting passage from a famous medieval canonical treatise which rejects “same sex marriage” centuries before it was even contemplated. See:

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Women Priests, a Canon Lawyer Speaks

October 8, 2008

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on a recent priest’s comment on Women’s Ordination: Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal is getting some attention in the Catholic blogosphere, and it should: the WSJ article presents a casus classicus of how priestly ministry disappeared under the allure of social activism for [...]

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Priestless Sundays and the Sunday Obligation

October 6, 2008

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: A news story out of the Diocese of Fairbanks in Alaska describes an upcoming “priestless Sunday” wherein priests will be away from their parishes to serve remote missions, leaving their parishioners without Sunday Mass that weekend. I can see arguments for and against this unusual action and I don’t think [...]

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Honk if you’ve Had Enough of Rogue Bishop Malingo

September 9, 2008

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: In 2006 Abp. Emmanuel Milingo was excommunicated for illicitly ordaining married men to the episcopate. Now, Abp. Milingo is traipsing through his native Zambia trying to get Catholic priests to agitate for an end to priestly celibacy in the Roman Church. The excommunicated archbishop assures clergy not to worry about [...]

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3 Hour Fast before Mass, hum?

June 26, 2008

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters is proposing a 3-hour fast before Mass, and calculated from the beginning of Mass and not the beginning of communion. Hum! See what you think. Ed Peters wrote, I just published a short article in Antiphon Magazine proposing that the Communion fast be extended to three hours (up from one) and [...]

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Archbishop Burke Restores a Rebel

June 6, 2008

There is a Polish Catholic church in St. Louis that rebelled agains Archbishop Burke and they were all excommunicated. One of the board members who was part of the rebellion broke rankes with the rebels and was reconciled with the Church through the ministry of Archbishop Burke. What a great bishop this is! We could [...]

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Bravo Cardinal George: May Others Follow Your Lead!

June 3, 2008

To see and hear Fr. Pfleger's rant, click here Cardinal George's Response: June 3, 2008  "To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger [...]

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Denied Communion over Obama?

May 16, 2008

Ed Peter's the Canon Lawyer has an interesting article today. I agree with him. I think it is unconscionable for a Catholic to even consider a vote for Obama. This man will turn the clock back a hundred years in the direction of the Culture of Death. Because he is young, "handsome," inexperienced, idealistic and [...]

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Archbishop vs. Governor

May 12, 2008

Staunching the wound of Bleeding Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann has applied a Canon 915 tourniquet to the wound inflicted on the Body of Christ by the Catholic governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius. His actions are a model to be emulated.Read more about it here: Kansas, May. 9, 2008 ( – Archbishop Joseph Naumann of [...]

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