Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: I was going in for surgery, but I have staph. How can I fulfill my Christmas and Sunday obligation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am having surgery Tuesday 12/28. I went to reconciliation Wednesday and was absolved. In my medical appointment to get the ok for surgery I was tested for staph infection and it came back positive. My … Read More

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An important note about the Dubious Dubia™ for “Traditionis custodes”. The way to cut through the obvious cruel intent and BE TRULY PASTORAL.

Traditionis custodes, a cruel and incoherent document, exceeded in incoherent cruelty by the Responses to the Dubious Dubia™, must fail. Together, they do something unprecedented: they attack diocesan bishops. However, for all the bishops out there who are wondering what … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Not AGAIN! “Does attending an SSPX Mass fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Does attending an SSPX Mass fulfill one’s Sunday obligation? I’m asking because I ran across the linked article below written by John Salza in November of this year arguing that attending an SSPX Mass does NOT … Read More

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ASK FATHER: I have no home base. What would be considered my diocese or parish that I would have a duty to?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve sold my residence, given away my possessions and am now living in a van and traveling full time. I have no home base – where I drive to is where my home is for that … Read More

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Wherein National ‘c’atholic Fishwrap’s own Wile E. Coyote “oopses” himself. Fr. Z explains.

The Fishwrap is known by various monikers.  The editors call it the National catholic Reporter in defiance of a decree of their local bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bp. Helmsing, who ordered them to remove “Catholic” from their … Read More

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@ArchbishpSample of @archdpdx issues a dispensation regarding Francis’ very own Plessy v. Ferguson

The cruel Francis’ legacy document – his very own Plessy v. Ferguson – Traditionis custodes is calling forth what many reasonable people think are unnecessary statements from dioceses. Some are really bad, but that is to be expected given those … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Invalid marriage because one was secretly “gay”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My husband and I (both Roman Catholic) are separated. We separated in July after I learned he is secretly gay and has been meeting men for a decade, including before and throughout the entire time we … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If I’m aware of mortal sin, can I receive Communion if I intend to go to confession later?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My uncle wants to become Catholic and ive been taking him to RCIA classes. The priest is a great guy but said you can receive the Eucharist if you intend to confess after mass. I know … Read More

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ASK FATHER: 1 Nov this year is on a Monday, so Mass is not obligatory. But do we still have to refrain from work? – UPDATE and CORRECTED

UPDATE: 2 Nov 2021 The official decree, not as it’s posted on the USCCB website, but in the book, has clearer wording. When 1 January, 15 August, or 1 November fall on a Saturday or Monday, “they will not be … Read More

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D. Bridgeport @diobpt – @BishopCaggiano issues a decree concerning the cruel Traditionis custodes – not bad!

The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny is located in the Diocese of Bridgeport.  Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport has issued his decree concerning the implementation of Franci’s Plessy v. Ferguson legacy document, Traditionis custodes. Become a Custos Traditionis – HERE Bp. Caggiano’s document … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Father is not preaching on Sundays. Does this violate Canon Law?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our pastor is a wonderful, faith-filled priest who absolutely loves the traditional liturgy. We are lucky to have him. He’s also a magnificent preacher. However, I’ve noticed he sometimes doesn’t preach at Sunday Mass. Even though … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried? Although I admit to all my faults and know I am far from perfect, my wife has been an alcoholic for … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Griping about canon lawyers and marriage “annulments”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My experience is that any marriage can be annulled on the grounds of gross immaturity or mental defect. (Didn’t know “porneia” was Greek for these terms….) And when canonists are asked about church laws regarding the … Read More

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Traditionis custodes and “reception theory” – or – When a law is no law at all.

Have you ever heard of “reception theory”? Reception theory states that a law, in order to be a law, a binding law, must be received by the community for which it is intended.  If they community does not receive it, … Read More

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Latin Mass Society examination of ‘Traditiones Custodes’

Become a Custos Traditionis (HERE) and don’t forget the Novena to St. Ann (HERE). The Latin Mass Society (in the UK – which I have often urged you to join irrespective of where you live) has helpfully issued a canonical look … Read More

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The wonders of Canon 87

I’ve been, as I am sure you have, watching the reactions of bishops in the wake of Francis’ Plessy v. Ferguson document Traditionis custodes. BTW… do become a Custos Traditionis (HERE) and don’t forget the Novena to St. Ann (HERE). In general … Read More

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Seriously humorous SSPX statement on “Traditionis custodes” and a terrific imaginary curve ball

The SSPX office in Menzingen put out a statement, still only in French, about Traditionis custodes. HERE  Here’s a taste… From Summorum Pontificum to Traditionis custodes, or from the Nature Preserve to the Zoo […] A organized extinction While Francis … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a pastor delegate to a deacon the faculty to witness marriages of non-subjects?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a pastor where a wedding is held delegate faculties for a deacon to assist at marriages in his parish over subjects that are not his? My wife and I were married by a Deacon in … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Do priests who celebrate only in the vernacular really know what they are saying?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I recently discovered the SCDF declaration Instauratio liturgica (Jan. 25, 1974), which says that the meaning of a translated sacramental formula is that of the original Latin, understood according to the mind of the Church. Especially … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can bishops or priests forbid Communion on the tongue?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Please help me to understand something about Communion on the hand.  As I’m understanding it, people can receive Communion on the hand if they want to but also on the tongue if they want that and … Read More

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