Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: A sick child and fulfilling Mass obligation

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attended an Extraordinary Form Mass this morning [Sunday] so I could stay home with a sick child while my husband and older children went to a later Novus Ordo Mass at our parish. I forgot … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A priest gave me a penance in confession that was too hard

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Long ago I went to confession and was given and reluctantly agreed to\ a rather onerous penance not required by justice. I didn’t end up doing it after thinking about it for a while and went … Continue reading

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“We can’t deny Communion! We mustn’t ‘politicize’ the Eucharist!” False argument.

There is a good piece today at The Catholic Thing which looks at denial of Holy Communion to obstinate public supporters of abortion.  The writer brings up the example of the late Archbp. Rummel of New Orleans who, in the … Continue reading

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D. Grand Rapids – Priest denies Communion to Lesbian judge married to a woman. He’s now under attack.

UPDATE 2 Dec 2019: This story has now thudded into a hardly surprising new phase. HERE She went to a Methodist “inclusion” gathering and tool their “communion”. I like the bit in the video where she says, “It’s not about … Continue reading

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@JamesMartinSJ twists the truth again… on purpose?

Fr James Martin, LGBTQSJ.   The Jesuit homosexualist activist. There are so many things to say about James Martin. Let’s focus today on the whopper he tweeted about Communion for pro-abortion politicians. Two tweets… connected. Denying Communion to politicians, Democrat or … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is Francis an Antipope because Cardinals conspired and the conclave was invalid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In your podcast the other about [Fr. Thomas G.] Weinandy’s idea of an “internal papal schism” you said that nobody is saying that Bergoglio is an Antipope. But there are people saying that and Bergoglio is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do Popes need permission to consecrate bishops?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When the pope personally ordains a new bishop, does the ordination liturgy still contain the question about a mandate from the Apostolic See? This would seem redundant if the pope is present and/or the celebrant and … Continue reading

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The Devil Wears SJ. The Jesuit Superior General: The Devil is a symbol, not a person.

This week brought us Jesuit Thomas Reese, who undermined faith in transubstantiation.  I wrote about that HERE.  And Jesuit James Martin is incessantly sowing confusion about same-sex relationships and the Church’s teaching about homosexual acts. Now this. From CNA: Vatican … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Was I automatically excommunicated?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Since latae sententiae excommunication is not incurred without committing a mortal sin, and acting against one’s conscience regarding something one thinks might be mortally sinful is itself a mortal sin, is excommunication incurred if one thinks … Continue reading

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10th Annual Canon Law Conference – Day 1

One of the events I look forward to each year is the annual conference held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI. These conferences are rather like a retreat, with time for prayer and rest. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sex before Communion

UPDATE 15 July 2019: Rev. Mr. Kandra remarked at his blog about this post.   He disappoints. The non-canonist deacon disagrees with the canonical arguments of the esteemed canonist Ed Peters.  Fine.  Kandra can state a position and attempt to defend it. So … Continue reading

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How credible is “credible” in allegations against priests?

The accusations – based on a repressed memory of something 40 years ago – about Fr. Eduard Perrone in the Archdiocese of Detroit continue to raise questions.  Dark questions. Something is not right about this. Michael Voris is digging in.  … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hard time getting kids confirmed with traditional rites. Can you go to another diocese?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I wonder if you can help me out here. I have a good old friend who is having the dickens of a time with the confirmation of his children. He and his wife and children really … Continue reading

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Clerical beards.

I saw at Pathetic from the esteemed Rev. Mr. Kandra a fluffy bit about more and more seminarians and priests – of the Latin Church – sporting beards.   HERE A couple things.  It has not been the custom of Latin … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Obligation to attend the local parish instead of going somewhere else

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Someone told me that I am bound to attend mass at my territorial parish, even though it is a rule that is not followed by many people. I was told this as reason for why I … Continue reading

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