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  • [Catholic Caucus] Pro-abortion Joe Biden: ‘The Holy Father…gives me Communion’

    11/02/2019 4:31:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 1, 2019 | Claire Chretien
    [Catholic Caucus] Pro-abortion Joe Biden: ‘The Holy Father…gives me Communion’ November 1, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion former Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden has commented on a priest recently upholding Catholic teaching by denying him Holy Communion, saying, “It’s not a position that I’ve found anywhere else, including from the Holy Father, who gives me Communion.” The Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ and therefore may only be received by practicing Catholics in a state of grace. Additionally, Canon 915 of the Catholic Code of Canon...
  • Indianapolis archbishop revokes Jesuit prep school's Catholic identity ("gay married" teacher)

    06/20/2019 8:00:11 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 20, 2019 | Staff
    .- The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced Thursday that a local Jesuit high school will no longer be recognized as a Catholic school, due to a disagreement about the employment of a teacher who attempted to contract a same-sex marriage. “All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students both by word and action inside and outside the classroom,” the archdiocese said in a statement Thursday. “In the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, every archdiocesan Catholic school and private Catholic school has been instructed to clearly state in its contracts...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cdl. Cupich defends giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians

    06/14/2019 4:51:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 70 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 14, 2019 | Martin M. Barillas
    [Catholic Caucus] Cdl. Cupich defends giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians BALTIMORE, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago defended giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, saying, “I think it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions, simply because they don’t change anybody’s minds.” Cardinal Cupich expressed his position in the wake of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois barring pro-abortion legislators from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion. Citing canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, Bishop Paprocki ruled last week that state legislators working to pass Illinois’s new abortion bill may not present themselves for communion in his diocese...
  • Pope Francis: ‘I Am a Conservative’

    06/02/2019 7:02:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/29/19 | Thomas D. Williams
    Pope Francis said he has always been a doctrinal conservative and takes accusations of being a heretic with a grain of salt. “I have always defended doctrine,” the pope told Mexican reporter Valentina Alazraki in a lengthy interview released Tuesday by Vatican News. “I am a conservative.” Asked how he reacts to being called a heretic, the pope said he takes it “with a sense of humor.” Just weeks ago, a group of 19 Catholics, including clergy and scholars, questioned the pope’s theological orthodoxy, accusing him of “heresy” in an open letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church. “I...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Breaking law once hardly justifies breaking it twice

    11/11/2018 2:18:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Canon Law Blog ^ | November 10, 2018 | Edward Peters
    Breaking law once hardly justifies breaking it twice November 10, 2018 If Pope Francis wants to change the canon law forbidding ecclesiastical funeral rites for “manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without scandal” (1983 CIC 1184 § 1 n. 1) he can do so. Till then Church law forbidding such funerals, a law that dates back many centuries, remains in effect, and its apparent gross violation last week by clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston, who (seemingly with approval from the chancery), granted notorious mob murderer James “Whitey” Bulger a Catholic funeral Mass, hardly justifies granting Church funerals to...
  • Canon 1373

    08/04/2018 12:37:05 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 63 replies
    Code of Canon Law ^ | 1983 | Libreria Editrice Vaticana
    Can. 1373 A person who publicly incites among subjects animosities or hatred against the Apostolic See or an ordinary because of some act of power or ecclesiastical ministry or provokes subjects to disobey them is to be punished by an interdict or other just penalties.
  • Pope Tells Priests They ‘Can’ Tell Adulterers ‘Go and Sin No More’ But Not With 'Legalistic Tone'

    03/29/2018 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 29, 2018 | 9:11 AM EDT | CNSNews.com Staff
    Pope Francis delivered a Holy Thursday homily for a congregation of priests attending Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in which he told them that they “can” tell adulterers to “go and sin no more,” but should not do it “with the legalistic tone of truth as definition.” Instead, he told them, they should do it with the “tone of truth as fidelity.” “I suggest that you meditate on three areas of priestly closeness where the words, ‘Do everything Jesus tells you,’ need to be heard—in a thousand different ways but with the same motherly tone—in the hearts of...
  • Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

    01/20/2018 8:35:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2018 6:13 AM EST | Nicole Winfield
    The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over. A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the impromptu sacrament and warned it could cheapen the church’s marriage preparation down the line. “Do you know what’s a ‘marriage’ ripe for annulment?” tweeted the traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli. “One celebrated apparently on a whim in an airplane whose celebrant cannot even be sure if parties are validly baptized.” For those who missed the news, Francis on Thursday presided over...
  • Lent, 2016 - Fasting on ALL Fridays and Lent

    03/11/2016 6:00:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Fasting on ALL Fridays and Lent There is some question raised about my strong words (later in this article) regarding one who knowingly and willingly rejects Canon 1251. Some Catholics have attempted to convince me that not observing some sort of fast from some sort of food on all Fridays of the year does not constitute a sin. One has stated it is not a major precept, so "breaking" it is not sinful. This confuses and concerns me. How can any Catholic knowingly and willingly reject ANY precept laid out in Canon Law and not have it be a...
  • Sad. Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrates a bishop. Both now excommunicated (Catholic)

    03/20/2015 2:38:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 19, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrated another bishop. They both have incurred the late sententiae excommunication foreseen in Canon Law.The SSPX issued an official statement HERE: On March 19, 2015, Bishop Richard Williamson performed the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.Bishop Williamson and Fr. Faure have not been members of the Society of St. Pius X since 2012 and 2014, respectively, [NB] because of their violent criticisms of any relations with the Roman authorities. According to them, such contacts were incompatible with the apostolic work of Archbishop Lefebvre. [I suspect...
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: “The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches… they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated…”...
  • What Does It Mean To Have Your Marriage Blessed? (Part 3)

    07/18/2014 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Please help me with a matter weighing on my conscience. My husband and I married in our parish church 16 years ago, but I agreed to get married there only because that’s what my parents wanted. Unlike my husband, I wasn’t really practicing my faith, I just went through the motions… gradually I had a reawakening of faith, and now am fully committed to the Catholic Church. But I’m afraid our marriage isn’t valid because I didn’t embrace concepts like indissolubility at the time of our wedding, nor did I want children, although I later changed my mind…. What...
  • What Does it Mean to Have Your Marriage Blessed? Part II

    07/04/2014 4:20:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 2 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My family is doing genealogical research, and we’ve discovered discrepancies in the birth-dates of a couple of our great-grandparents…. They married very young, and depending on which birth-dates are correct, we’re thinking it’s possible they may really have been too young to marry validly in the Church. If a marriage is invalid due to the age of the spouses, does it automatically become valid when they’re old enough? Or do they need to have another wedding ceremony once they’ve reached the minimum age? –Frank
  • Catholic Caucus: Bishop backs church that barred openly gay man from serving

    06/20/2014 9:26:13 PM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Jun 19, 2014 - 9:30 am EST | Dustin Siggins
    MARQUETTE, MI -- Marquette’s Catholic bishop, John Doerfler, is standing behind St. Michael’s Catholic Church after it disallowed an openly homosexual man to serve at liturgies and exercise a leadership role. "One of the qualifications for the public ministry within the Catholic Church is willingness to give witness to the Gospel and the Church's teachings." Last Saturday, Bob Brown participated in a "commitment ceremony" with his partner of 31 years. The next day, he was told that he would not be allowed to serve at the Mass in any of several roles he had previously fulfilled, nor could he sit...
  • What Does it Mean to Have Your Marriage Blessed?

    06/20/2014 6:23:47 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 282 replies
    Q: My daughter stopped practicing her faith and was married to a protestant in his church. Now she has come back, and her protestant husband is preparing to become a Catholic too, next Easter. They understand that their marriage isn’t valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church, but the parish priest told them he can just “bless their marriage” and it will be all right. Can that possibly be true? –Eamon
  • When Are The Laity Permitted To Preach?

    05/09/2014 1:21:13 PM PDT · by Weiss White · 6 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | May 8, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I have a question about preaching: what happens in times and places where there is no priest or deacon available to hold Mass, and a communion service or another form of liturgical prayer is held? –Mark A: While the scenario that Mark describes is not the norm, there’s no denying that in some parts of the world it’s unfortunately becoming increasingly common. Let’s see first what the code says about preaching in general, and then look at what the Church has to say about preaching in those particular situations where, due to a shortage of clergy, no priest or...
  • Cardinal Burke: Stick to canon law when closing churches

    05/09/2014 8:53:56 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 5/9/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    When considering the suppression of parishes or the closing of church buildings, bishops should hew closely to canon law not simply because it’s a legal requirement of the church, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said, but because it helps foster unity. In a May 7 interview with the Catholic Review, the prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican’s highest court, said following proper procedures helps ensure legitimate decisions. “When we don’t follow the requirements of the law, then people rightly claim that they’ve been aggrieved by this,” said Cardinal Burke, who was a featured speaker at the...
  • Fertility and Marriage Validity

    04/25/2014 10:53:51 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 31 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 24, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: If God established marriage for the procreation of children, does it affect the validity of a marriage if one spouse is infertile? What if you know for sure that you can’t have children, can you get married in the Church anyway? How does that work? –Donna A: As we’ve seen before in this space, the Church holds that marriage is, by its very nature, ordered to the well-being of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children (c. 1055.1). As Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church in the Modern World stated nearly 50 years ago, “By its very...
  • Catholic Priests Who Become Non-Catholic Ministers

    04/04/2014 3:49:02 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Recently, a Catholic priest in our area left to become “pastor” of an Episcopal church. If we assume for a moment that the Episcopal liturgy contains the valid words of Institution, and if we assume that valid matter was used, does he confect the Eucharist? –Patrick A: Sad to say, the case cited by Patrick is far from unique. In certain countries with a sizeable Episcopal community, one far too frequently encounters priests who have left the Catholic Church to join the Church of England—often in order to get married while still remaining in some sort of ministry—and who...
  • Canon Law and Fraudulent Marriages

    03/21/2014 3:58:59 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 10 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | March 20, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My fiancée and I attended a marriage-prep class in our diocese, and one of the speakers said something we didn’t fully understand. First he urged us to be open and honest with each other about our past lives, not hiding anything from one another, which made basic sense to us. But then he mentioned that we need to do this because otherwise our marriage could be null. We’ve known each other since childhood anyway, so it’s a moot point for us. Later on, though, we were wondering if telling your future spouse every single little thing about you is...