Canon Law

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: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/01/avoiding-rush-to-judgment-on-embryo.html

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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: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/11/same-sex-marriage-in-medieval-canon-law.html

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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: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/05/staunching-wound-of-bleeding-kansas.html Kansas, May. 9, 2008 (CWNews.com) – Archbishop Joseph Naumann of [...]

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Giuliani Rebuked for Receiving Communion

April 29, 2008

Four cheers for New York’s Cardinal Egan . . .   . . . who has finally had it with Rudy Giuliani flaunting the sacraments. Read more about it here. Read the extensive CNA report here.

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A Suspended Bishop Elected President

April 24, 2008

Rome's four options in regard to Bp. Fernando Lugo Who is not happy to see Paraguay's junta finally voted out of office? That the election was peaceful and, so far, seems to be accepted by the old guard is even better. But that is not the issue in regard to Paraguay's new president, Bp. Fernando [...]

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Expelling a Bishop?

April 23, 2008

After decades of disinterest, suddenly two Canon 1405 cases? Pope Benedict XVI is believed to be mulling over the possibility of expelling a bishop, Fernando Lugo, from the clerical state. That would certainly be a first under the 1983 Code, and I'm pretty sure, it never happened under the 1917 Code. Read what options the [...]

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Communion Hosts with only 0.01% Gluten

April 4, 2008

HUESCA, Spain, MARCH 19, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A Spanish bishop joined his voice to that of others in the Church who have clarified how to pastorally care for those who cannot consume wheat products, but still want to receive the Eucharist." Celiacs desease has increased and there is an effort to pastorally meet the the needs [...]

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Why Euthanasia Should be an Excommuncatable Offense

March 31, 2008

My Canon Law friend Edward Peters writes: Proposal: Impose excommunication for euthanasia For some months I have been researching and writing an article on euthanasia in canon law. I hoped against hope that it might remain an academic exercise, but (to judge from, say, this report on the practice of euthanasia in Belgium) the speed [...]

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