Category Archives: Canon Law

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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Canonist Ed Peters on The Maltese Fiasco

Distinguished canonist Ed Peters, at his indispensable blog In The Light Of The Law, has posted in the wake of what we must now call… The Maltese Fiasco The Bishops of Malta issued a dreadful set of guidelines for the implementation … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters explains situation to Crux priest. Important info for priests, confessors.

The other day at Crux there was a piece by Fr. Paul Keller about a theoretical (Deo gratias) case study in which the writer – basing himself on the objectively unclear notions of Amoris laetitia Chapter 8 – figures out how to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are pastors bound to teach oddities of Amoris Laetitia?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Z: Our bishop visited our parish tonight to install our new pastor. The rite required father to vow to adhere to the teachings “which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciates when … Continue reading

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Peters on Popes and Heresy, Personal and Public

Famed canonist Ed Peters today at his exceptional blog In The Light Of The Law has a piece that you will want to peruse. He doesn’t have an open combox, but I do. Read, re-read, pause to think, think again, … Continue reading

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Some clarity about the faculty Francis gave priests to “absolve the sin of abortion”

At CNN we find a story about how Pope Francis extended to priests indefinitely the ability to absolve the sin of abortion. He had hitherto given it only for the Year of Mercy, which is now closed. (CNN)Pope Francis has … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Five Dubia and The Four Cardinals

The Smear Machine is grinding.  right on schedule, the liberal news outlets are closing ranks to discredit The Four Cardinals who submitted dubia to the Holy Father about what are generally admitted by reasonable people to be confusing points. Thought: I suggest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest told us we can receive communion twice a day. Is he right?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am really confused. Our parish priest told us that we can receive communion two times a day, however, I have been reading where two times a day is not always correct. Two times a day … Continue reading

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