Category Archives: Canon Law

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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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 the altar.
Still … 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 for sure) … 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 the CDF.
I’m curious how … 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 celebrated in … 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 apply during fridays of … 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.
For the … 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 to … 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 1983 Code … 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 able to … 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.
It was … 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 question is, … 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 is clear, except … Continue reading

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