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Is Nepotism Still an Issue in the Church?
Canon Law Made Easy ^ | May 30, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.

Posted on 05/30/2013 10:56:08 AM PDT by Weiss White

Q: In the medieval and renaissance periods, the Church had many problems with nepotism. We hear nothing about this issue any more, but I’m wondering whether this is still a potential problem, at least in theory. Are there canons which prevent ecclesiastical officials from legally giving powerful church positions to their relatives? Or do bishops and cardinals avoid this unilaterally, without the need for actual laws? —Thierry

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1 posted on 05/30/2013 10:56:08 AM PDT by Weiss White
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To: Weiss White

God made his own son the Savior, so it seems nepotism is a feature, not a bug. :)


2 posted on 05/30/2013 11:10:13 AM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: Weiss White

Well, for one thing there aren’t all that many “powerful church positions” to be had any more.

As contrasted with medieval and renaissance times when the Church controlled upwards of 25% of the land and therefore the economy in most nations.


3 posted on 05/30/2013 11:14:01 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Weiss White

Where church membership is voluntary, and its budget is voluntarily given by the membership, its not a big issue.

Where the church is an organ of the state, nepotism is only one of several problems.


4 posted on 05/30/2013 11:25:10 AM PDT by marron
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To: marron

“Where the church is an organ of the state, nepotism is only one of several problems.”

Ah, if only the Obamadork and our press could spell “Islam”.


5 posted on 05/30/2013 11:34:21 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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