Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: One Mass for the obligation for Sunday, Christmas Eve and Monday, Christmas Day?

Under another post someone asked:
Father, would can. 1248.1 apply to the case of a double obligation, e.g., an evening Mass for Sunday also satisfying a Holy Day obligation for Monday (as Christmas this year)?
I’ve written about this situation before and … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Ed Peters provides refreshing clarity about force of odd papal letter to Argentinian bishops

UPDATE:
Joseph Shaw has some observations about the appearance of the Pope’s letter to the Bishops of Buenos Aires in AAS.  HERE
Among other things he states:
There is, however, more to making something part of the magisterium, and therefore binding on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest threatened with “Double Excommunication”

From a reader…
The 21 Nov. 2017 editions of Rorate Caeli and Eponymous Flower both posted that Fr. Minutella is facing Double Excommunication by the Vatican. He is in a dispute over Amoris Laettia.
If you have time, can you explain what … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is the “annulment” process in the US just a rubber stamp?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have a quick question so I’ll keep this message short. Knowing several Catholics in my childrens’ Catholic school who have been divorced and remarried after getting an annulment, I wonder how to explain it all to my … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priests don’t say daily Mass in the parish

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it the case that any Masses that a parish priest says, other than on a Sunday, are “private Masses” and, therefore, it is entirely up to him whether or not he says them?
This is the line taken … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters contributes: A note on Madison’s funeral policy

From the spasmodic reactions of hysterical homosexualists and their abettors, you would think that the chancery personnel in the Diocese of Madison were clubbing babies… no, that wouldn’t be so bad…. baby seals … no, gay baby seals and eating their beating hearts … … Continue reading

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Fishwrap (@NCRonline) commits another error in their work to smear Bp. Morlino (@MadisonDiocese)

At Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) there is a “news” piece about the coverage … a news piece about the coverage… sheesh… which was given to a post at the notoriously liberal liturgy blog Pray Tell, which incorrectly attributed to Bp. Robert … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Assistant priest wonders what to do if pastor won’t speak to adulterous couples who receive Communion.

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
Here is a question which perhaps you could answer for those of us who are parochial vicars.
What should we do if people regularly present themselves for communion who are married outside the Church?  Ordinarily, we have the very … Continue reading

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Well-prepared Catholics raise questions. Responses? “Shut up!”, they explain.

People are swift these days to talk about their “rights”.  I sometimes get a little nervous when “rights” are invoked in the Church, because often “rights” means “I didn’t get what I wanted”.  Clarity is needed regarding “rights”.
At his excellent, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Considering moving to a Ukrainian Catholic Parish

From a reader…
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I attend a NO parish and am considering moving to a Ukrainian Catholic Parish for a variety of reasons but mainly because I am attracted to the Divine Liturgy and the beautiful traditions they have held onto…not to … Continue reading

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Is homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. @JamesMartinSJ a heretic? Canon Law with Ed Peters.

Canonist Ed Peters posted at his excellent site In The Light Of The Law, an illuminating post bringing greater clarity to what heresy is and what Jesuit homosexualist activist Fr. James Martin thinks.
Peters doesn’t have a combox, but I do.
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ASK FATHER: EMHC’s at a Communion rail

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a lay person who is commissioned as an EMHC distribute Holy Communion to communicants kneeling at a Communion rail under the Novus Ordo?
Allow me to remind the readership of the 1997 document which ought to frame every questions concerning “Extraordinary Ministers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Validity of absolution of accomplices in sexual sins

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have two questions about c. 977, which bars a priest from absolving an accomplice in sins against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue except in danger of death (on pain of excommunication, per c. 1378).
First, is the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Bishops who forbid priests from saying Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I recently received a question concerning the Traditional Latin Mass. I was asked what can a priest do if his bishop stops him from celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass because he dislikes the TLM or disagrees with Summorum … Continue reading

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“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.”

Fama volat, it is said.  No aphorism is truer than this when it comes to Rome all the way back to Virgil, who coined it.
So, reminding everyone that we are in the realm of Rumor, I’ve been exchanging texts with Roman … Continue reading

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