Canon Law

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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Pope Francis’s much anticipated document on the family has now been released. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What are the basic facts about the document? It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.” An […]

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During his plane flight back to Rome from Mexico, Pope Francis gave an interview in which he touched on a number of hot button issues. Here are 9 things to know and share   1) What issues did he address, and where can I read the interview as a whole? The issues included: What the […]

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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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Remarks made by a key official at the opening of the current Synod of Bishops seem cool to the idea that there will be a change in the Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the divorced and civilly remarried. This comes as heartening news to supporters of the Church’s historic doctrine and discipline. Here are 9 […]

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On September 8, the Holy See released a pair of documents by Pope Francis which reform the way in which the Church handles annulments. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) What is an annulment? Is it the same thing as a divorce? An annulment (formally known as a […]

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