Category Archives: Canon Law

“You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”

Canonist Ed Peters has a good reminder about excommunication at his fine blog.  HERE
Bottom lines:

It isn’t as easy to get excommunicated as one might think.
Excommunication, it isn’t easy as thinking that someone ought to be excommunicated.
“You Keep Using That Word, … Continue reading

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@JamesMartinSJ shovels scandalous rubbish to justify sin

UPDATE:
I wonder if this changes the issue somewhat.  HERE  Bolger apparently wrote to someone about his regrets.     Private letter, not a public statement.
No… it doesn’t change much.
Originally Published on: Nov 10, 2018
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Here is yet another example of scandalous Jesuit … Continue reading

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All Saints 2017 – 1 Nov- Holy Day of Obligation – Deliberately ignore? Grave sin!

In these United States, be sure to check your parish schedules for Masses.
Thursday 1 November 2017 is a Holy Day of OBLIGATION.
For our part, there will be a Missa Cantata at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, in the Extraordinary Form.  6:30 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Parish records and confidentiality

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is there any church law which prevents sacramental records from being made public? I have seen church records used for online family trees that show living family members illegitimacy.
Interesting question.
The law says that parishes must keep sacramental records, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Am I excommunicated for desecrating the Eucharist?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have something in mind that has been troubling me. In my past, there has been an incidence where I dropped a host while receiving communion (I used to receive by hand, I no longer do), I may … Continue reading

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Had Benedict XVI made the sanctions known, then creepy McCarrick wouldn’t have been near the 2013 conclave

I know that a lot is coming at you right now.  This made me put my sandwich down and think.
My friend Fr. Gerald Murray, whom you see on the web and on EWTN especially with Prof. Royal, penned a piece … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Invalidly married niece coming to visit with husband. What to do?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
First, great blog, thanks for all your hard work and sharing your insights and knowledge!
Second, I have a question for you re: my niece and her new husband. I’ll be as brief and organized as I can.

My niece … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Annual Canon Law Conference

Off I went to La Crosse and the beautiful Shrine of our Lady.  If you haven’t been…

The morning fog drifting in the clefts of the hills.

A dear friend, Fr. Ferguson, the official Paradohymnodist of the Blog.

I bought a reproduction of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: It’s getting hard to find suitable godparents

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for your blog and work. I have frequently found it informative and encouraging.
My wife and I, God willing, expect our third child shortly, but have been in difficulty over selecting suitable godparents.
A married relative would seem … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: annulment of a same-sex “marriage”?

From a reader, wondering about the veracity of the following…
DICITUR:
“Current Catholic canon law requires that if someone remarried in a heterosexual marriage seeks confirmation/baptism having previously been in a legally recognized same-sex marriage, they need an annulment of the same-sex … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion twice in a day. But is Communion under both species already twice?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have a question about the number of times Holy Communion May be received in a day. And I know the answer sort of.
The question is, if you may receive twice in the same day within the context … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This subject comes up constantly in Catholic mom groups online. I would love your take on it.
Canon 867 §1. Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks; as soon as possible … Continue reading

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14 ‘c’atholic Senators SUPPORT ABORTION past 20 weeks

Canonist Ed Peters has picked up on something Fr. Longenecker has done.   I’ll add my voice.
From Peters’ excelleny canon law blog In The Light Of The Law.
About those Bloody 14 [allow me slightly to change the format, for effect]

Cantwell (WA);
Collins … Continue reading

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Fr. Murray looks again at the Profession about marriage issued by the Bishops of Kazakhstan

Not long ago, the Bishops of Kazakhstan issued a document, a Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage.   I wrote about it and provided an audio reading of it HERE.
At The Catholic Thing my friend Fr. Gerry Murray has written a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop forbid kneeling for Communion?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:

I have a few sincere questions and I believe answers to them may help other readers, too.
For years I have heard it said that the “universal norm” for receiving Holy Communion is kneeling and on the tongue. Therefore, even … Continue reading

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