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 [...]
Today we begrudgingly left Assisi and drove 2 hours to the Holy House of Loreto to see the famous house of Nazareth and have lunch. We drove next to Lanciano for Mass and to see the oldest and most profound Eucharistic Miracle. Then we drove through stunningly beautiful countryside to San Giovanni and the tomb [...]
I’ve has created a Sacraments Chart showing the Biblical basis for each sacrament, the Catechism paragraphs, the form, the matter, the frequency and more. Excellent for teaching children, CCD and RCIA classes and for a handy reference. The chart was developed to go along with my comprehensive audio tape series on The Seven Sacraments: Food [...]
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 [...]
There is hope for our land when we Catholics rise up and demonstrate our love for God and the Church. It is time again for bishops to take the lead and promote and teach and demonstrate the truth of the Catholic faith! I love seeing things like this. Click on this impressive picture for a [...]
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
Click here for the Zenit.org interview with Fr. Mockiatis and his nightmare story of a taperecorder set up in his confessional without his knowledge to get the confession of an accused murderer. I had the privilege of meeting Fr. Mockiatis several years ago. A noble and faithful priest! For the book, click here.
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 [...]
Sunday, August 16, 2009: Liturgy Reflection from JP Catholic University on Vimeo. My friend Dr. Michael Barber explaining the Eucharist! Very good!! For more like this visit The Sacred Page (http://www.thesacredpage.com).
Top Vatican official confirms: no Communion for abortion proponents http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3606 Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has reiterated that politicians who support legal abortion should be barred from receiving Communion. Because these individuals are engaged in gravely sinful behavior, the Spanish prelate told LifeSite News, it would be an [...]
Indiana bishop requires central placement of tabernacle http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3531 Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, has issued a directive that the tabernacle should be centrally placed in all churches of that diocese. “My experience is that our people, with their instinct of faith, have always desired that the tabernacle be central and visible,” Bishop [...]
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 [...]
Tomorrow I have three radio shows: 1) Discussing “Corpus Christi: Is the Eucharist Really the Body of Christ” with Teresa Tomeo at 9:30 AM Eastern on Ave Maria Radio 2) Same topic as #1. This time on Relevant Radio with Chuck Neff’s Searching the Word from 1:00-2:00 Eastern time. 3) The “Death of St. Paul” [...]
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 [...]