Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: “Quasi-parish” priests

From a reader comes a messy question, which a Guest Priest will answer… QUAERITUR: Our “Quasi-parish”, due to rotation of clergy, has a new priest. His first outward change was to get the candles off the floor in front of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Annulments” and appealing to the Roman Rota

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about annulment and the process.  A friend of ours and her husband have gone through the process in our local diocese. The friend sought the annulment for reasons that we believe (but do not know … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Favor of the Faith” case approved

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I am marrying a previously married woman who two weeks ago recieved a dissolution of her previous marriage in “favor of the faith” from the Holy Father. Today she recieved the official decree from … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do I fulfill my Sunday obligation at an Eastern or SSPX church?

From a reader… Are SSPX Masses and Eucharist licit for Roman Catholics? This Triduum was heart-wrenching as we had the “full band” (organ, piano, guitar, drums and cymbals) playing during Holy Thursday AND Good Friday! There is no Tridentine Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Eating meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter

Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional friday abstinence from meat year round. Traditionally, would the friday abstinence from meat also … Continue reading

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Fascinating exchanges over the meaning of ‘Amoris laetitia’ – Is some clarity emerging?

If you haven’t been following this, you might tune in. Pope Francis’ document Amoris laetitia has sparked sharp divisions and debates.  The sides have drawn up pretty much into two camps… well… three if you count the uninformed, which is pretty large. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: About delegation and the proper form of SSPX marriages

From a reader… I recently read your post regarding the recently-announced changes to the validity of marriages witnessed by SSPX priests, and I am confused. How does this change anything? Doesn’t Canon 1108 already give bishops and pastors the power … Continue reading

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Good Friday Reminder: Fasting, Abstaining, and You

Tomorrow is Good Friday. Let’s review our obligations before the day arrives so that we aren’t taken by surprise. Two days of the year we modern Latin Church Catholics are asked both to fast and to abstain from meat. According to the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dispensation or commutation of Mass obligation, penance

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a bishop give the priests under his authority the faculty to dispense or commute a Mass obligation in the confessional? If I was unable to contact my pastor or out of town would I be … Continue reading

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“No man is above canon law!”

As the Gorsuch Trials continue, this comes from the often amusing Eye of the Tiber: Catechumen nominee Neil Schlesing said that “no man is above canon law” when pressed on whether Pope Francis could allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Disposing” of the Eucharist and the Sacrarium

From a reader… It is my understanding that if a Communion host or the precious blood has to be disposed, it is to be poured into water to dissolve/mix with the water, then poured into a sacrarium or into the earth. My … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Uncle married his niece… is that okay?

From a reader… My mother in law married her much older uncle after abandoning her children. Why does the Catholic Church approve of this? Hang on.  Before you make all sorts of assumptions, let’s drill in. The Code of Canon Law … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 on Friday in Lent

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am responsible for a brunch which is served after the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral in my Archdiocese. This year, Saint Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent. I believe this means I … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters: What does can. 915 really say?

Some people on the Kasperite side (give Communion to the divorced and remarried who have no purpose of amendment, etc.) have a spittle-flecked nutty when can. 915 is brought into the discussion. Distinguished commonsense canonist Ed Peters has offered us … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters: different ways people deal with Canon 915 (denial of Communion)

The distinguished, commonsensical canonist Ed Peters has a blistering bit today at his blog In the Light of the Law. Let’s see what he has to say, with my usual emphases and comments. I’ll cut in to the meat. You should … Continue reading

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