Category Archives: Canon Law

More on Married Deacons and Continence

Some months ago, there was a controversy on various Catholic blogs as to whether married Catholic deacons may have marital relations with their spouses. Dr. Ed Peters of In the Light of the Law (A Canon lawyer’s blog) proposed an … Continue reading

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Married Deacons and Marital Relations: Church decision

Can a married permanent deacon continue to have natural marital relations open to life with his spouse after he is ordained as a deacon? The question was much discussed on the internet due to the repeated assertions of Canon lawyer … Continue reading

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Concerning the approval of Bible translations

Since the completion of my translation of the Bible in March of 2009, I’ve read a number of different comments about my work. More than a few persons have shown appreciation for my translation, the Catholic Public Domain Version. More … Continue reading

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Is a Catholic who procures IVF automatically excommunicated? Yes.

Is a Catholic who procures in vitro fertilization (IVF) automatically excommunicated? Yes, if he or she knows that the Church issues a sentence of automatic excommunication for the procurement of a direct abortion, and realizes that IVF, as it is … Continue reading

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Who should be denied Communion under Canon 915?

UPDATED — Any baptized Catholic who has committed the sin of apostasy, or formal heresy, or formal schism is thereby automatically excommunicated, and many not receive holy Communion, nor any of the other Sacraments (except Confession, if the sinner is … Continue reading

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The lesbian communion incident: Canon law versus the Eternal Moral Law

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo was in the sacristy, preparing for a funeral Mass, when the daughter of the deceased entered with another woman. The daughter, Barbara Johnson, identified the other woman as her lover. She made a deliberate disclosure to the … Continue reading

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Is Sister Margaret McBride still excommunicated?

Sister McBride was automatically excommunicated for her role in a direct abortion at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. “The revised canonical legislation continues this tradition when it decrees that ‘a person who actually procures an abortion incurs automatic (latae … Continue reading

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Automatic Excommunication for the Use of Abortifacient Contraception

The penalty of automatic excommunication applies to anyone who deliberately chooses and accomplishes a direct abortion, with knowledge of the penalty attached. Can. 1398 A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication. This penalty applies to … Continue reading

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Mexico City Temporary Marriages Invalid

There is a legislative plan in Mexico City to offer legal marriage contracts that are explicitly temporary in nature. Leonel Luna, from the leftist PRD Party, describes the proposal this way: “The marriage contract would last two years. After those … Continue reading

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The excommunication of Catholics who obtain a gay marriage

Any Catholic who obtains a ‘gay marriage’ is automatically excommunicated for the sin of formal heresy, and must be denied holy Communion. Canon 1364, n. 1: “an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae … Continue reading

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Excommunication and Voting for Abortion

There is a debate about whether or not those legislators vote for the Filipino Reproductive Health Bill are excommunicated. Most Canon Lawyers say they are not. But Pope John Paul II decided, in Evangelium Vitae: “The 1917 Code of Canon … Continue reading

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Annotations in Bible translations

Canon Law requires translations of the Bible to have annotations. “Can. 825 ยง1. Books of the sacred scriptures cannot be published unless the Apostolic See or the conference of bishops has approved them. For the publication of their translations into … Continue reading

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