Canon Law

St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate is the most influential Bible translation in the history of western Christendom. As a translation, it’s been astoundingly important—even more than the King James Version. For many centuries, it effectively was the Bible for countless Christians. Through long ages in the west, educated people could read Latin but not Greek or […]

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Cardinal Gerhard Muller has made public comments on Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitiae and the controversy surrounding it. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is Amoris Laetitiae? It’s a document issued by Pope Francis in April of 2016. It deals with marriage and how the Church can […]

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This week at St. Anonymous the Ambiguous, there was a priest I hadn’t seen before. He was a younger priest who struck me as sincere, earnest, and orthodox, so I was favorably disposed to him. I was also grateful that he wasn’t the emotionally insecure, narcissistic priest who sometimes fills in and makes himself the […]

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Pope Francis recently made some remarks regarding invalid marriages, and I’ve received a large number of requests for comment, so here goes . . .   1) When did Pope Francis make his remarks? During a Q & A session on Thursday, June 16. He was answering questions at the opening ceremony for a diocesan […]

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Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What has happened? On Thursday, May 12, Pope Francis was meeting with a group of women religious who asked him about the possibility of creating a commission […]

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In a recent post, canonist Dr. Edward Peters offers some interesting reflections on a puzzling phenomenon: Why are there statements issued by the pope and by offices at the Vatican that are expressly flagged as being “non-magisterial”? The Magisterium of the Church is its teaching office, which consists of the pope and the bishops of […]

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Pope Francis recently answered a Lutheran woman’s question regarding the possibility of her taking Communion with her Catholic husband at Mass. His remarks, which he made at an ecumenical meeting in a Lutheran church, have raised eyebrows. You can read them online here. Another translation is here. You can also watch the exchange in Italian […]

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The German-speaking members of the Synod of Bishops have made a report which some are touting as a breakthrough for the proposal to give Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. What did they really say, and what significance does it have? Here’s what we know at present . . .   1) What was […]

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A reader writes: I have been asked to be the godfather to my cousin’s daughter. My fiancee wanted to know, given the unifying nature of the marriage vows, what her responsibility/relationship to my goddaughter would be once we were married. So, what is the role of the godparent-in-law? Canon law does not provide any particular […]

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There is a good bit of conversation about how conscience may play a role in the question of whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Holy Communion. For example, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich discussed the subject at a press briefing in Rome during the synod of bishops. What the archbishop said or was trying […]

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