Sacraments & Sacramentals

Can Governments Pass Laws Regulating the Seal of Confession?

July 23, 2011

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes, A note on proposals to require priests to violate the seal of confession Concerning recent Irish and Australian proposals to require priests who, through their ministry in sacramental confession, learn the identity of child sexual abusers (or of any other malefactors, for that matter), to disclose such [...]

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Wearing the Rosary as a Necklace

July 16, 2011

ROME, JUNE 14, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I have seen people wear the rosary as a necklace and, in fact, I had a fifth-grader ask me during CCD if that was a sin. I told her that I didn’t believe [...]

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Sunday Morning in Ancient Times, Part II

July 10, 2011

Tuesday morning I will be discussing Part II of The Mass of the Early Church at 7:00 EST on Relevant Radio. Were the first Christians Baptists in their worship, or were they Catholics? Did they consider the Eucharist a simple meal or a sacrifice? You can listen on-line at www.RelevantRadio.com. For my article and story [...]

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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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Day Five 5, Part 1: Forum & Colosseum

May 2, 2011

Part 1: Ancient Rome: Coliseum and Roman Forum Part II: Eucharistic Miracle at Orvieto

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First Communion for Joshua!

April 24, 2011

Our grandson Joshua received 1st Communion today on Easter. We are proud of this bright boy. Thanks Fr. Ed for now bringing the NEXT generation of Ray’s into the heart of the Catholic Church!

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Are you Born Again by “Water and the Spirit”?

March 27, 2011

It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The first creation came from the the earth which was covered with WATER and the SPIRIT hovered over the waters and from the water emerged [...]

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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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Eucharistic Miracle in Michigan?

February 24, 2011

We’ll see what my bishop thinks. Read the article 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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Goofey Homily on Multiplication of Loaves?

February 20, 2011

UPDATE: Based on the comments below and the on my Facebook account (facebook.com/JerusalemJones) a lot of people heard this goofey homily — are are doing something about it!. If you heard a goofy homily this weekend about the multiplication of loaves and fish — a trendy priest or deacon saying it was no miracle, Jesus [...]

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Eucharistic Miracles Website

February 3, 2011

Interesting site with articles on the Eucharist and the Real Presence, a catalog of Eucharistic miracles and more. It is a wealth of information — especially as we approach Corpus Christi Sunday. I knew nothing of this as a Protestant and find it absolutely intriguing now. I am so glad to be a Catholic and [...]

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Individually Sealed Communion Kit

January 12, 2011

Isn’t it great to be Protestant? (chuckle)  You can now take Communion safely with these nice prepackaged crackers and grapejuice. Just pull off the hermetically sealed top and “commune.” Yum! I am so glad to be a Catholic!!  (click in image for larger image)

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Eucharist Means Everything!

November 27, 2010

Cory wrote me yesterday and said I could share this with everyone: Hi Steve: I’ve never written to you before but felt I just had to this time. I watched to your 7 Footprints of God DVD’s and your Defending the Eucharist, and it was awesome. I am a new Catholic. I became Catholic as [...]

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Short Primer on the Mass

November 5, 2010

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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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