Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: All who enter a church must sign a visitors book, include name, contact details

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In my home diocese (in Australia) our Bishop has decreed that all people who enter a church must sign into a visitor’s book and include their name, contact details and the time of entry and departure. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can you fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation during “lockdown” by watching online?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: While on lockdown, can watching (within a sunday) a replayed online mass fulfill the sunday mass obligation? Or must one have to watch the online sunday mass in real time to fulfill this obligation? First of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penalties for Violation of the Seal. Wherein Fr. Z and a fictional SSPX priest explain the situation.

In the combox I was asked… QUAERITUR: Doesnt revealing the content and identity of a penitent incur grave penalties? I respond thusly. First, for a person – and priests are people, too – to incur a censure, he has to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Two Catholics getting married in the Orthodox Church

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have friend who is getting married in the Orthodox church. This friend and his wife to be were both Catholics, but recently left the Church for the Orthodox church. Is this marriage valid? Should I … Continue reading

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LifeSite posts verbatim interview with Bp. Sorondo of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. It isn’t pretty.

Diane Montagna posted something at LifeSite that serves a good purpose. She sat down with the controversial head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (you know, the crowd that has Jeffrey Sachs on speed-dial) who are musing about “transhumanism”, Bishop … Continue reading

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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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