Category Archives: discipline

Toward Flexibility in Liturgical Form

Liturgical form refers to the words, actions, and vestments and other articles used in our expression of worship together, especially in the holy Mass, but also in other liturgical celebrations, such as funerals, baptisms, weddings, etc. Liturgical form falls into … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Chaste Gay Catholic Priest

Perhaps myth is too strong a word: “rarity” or “highly unlikely” might be more accurate. It is possible for a priest to have a homosexual orientation, and yet remain faithful to his vow or promise of chastity, and also support … Continue reading

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Reply to Fr. Brian Harrison on Communion

The Church is headed for a great schism. The controversy that divides Catholics might not be Communion for the divorced and remarried. It might be the ordination of women deacons, or a new definition of doctrine on salvation for non-Christians, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis should remove the penalty of excommunication for abortion

Currently, under Canon law, anyone who commits the sin of abortion, and any accomplices without whose help the crime of abortion could not have been committed, are excommunicated (latae sententiae). Pope Francis has decreed that, during the Year of Mercy, … Continue reading

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Eleven Thousand Cardinals Speak On Marriage and the Family

A book titled: “Eleven Cardinals Speak On Marriage and the Family” opposes changing the discipline on who may receive holy Communion. The 11 authors especially reject the idea that divorced and remarried Catholics be permitted to receive Communion. First, my … Continue reading

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Annulments are just a Symptom of the Problem

I’m combining several topics in one post which is partly about the new annulments process, but also includes broader concerns. General Concerns First, and I say this to everyone commenting on the words and deeds of Pope Francis: You are … Continue reading

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More on Annulment Reform

See this report at the Catholic News Agency. The new annulment process does away with the previous requirement to have the case judged twice in two different dioceses. Now only one judgment in your own diocese is necessary. The new … Continue reading

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Annulment Reform by Pope Francis is imminent

The news today is that tomorrow (Tuesday 8 Sept 2015) Pope Francis will issue changes to Canon Law on the process for obtaining an annulment (a formal declaration from Church authority that a marriage was never the true Sacrament, and … Continue reading

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Are the Divorced and Remarried Unrepentant Adulterers?

So the opposition to Pope Francis claims. Now the starting point for the claim is sound: [Mark] {10:11} And he said to them: “Whoever dismisses his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her. {10:12} And if a wife dismisses … Continue reading

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Holy Mass is no place to fight about liturgical form

Katrina Fernandez wrote a blog post at about her experience at Mass visiting a liberal parish: Denied Communion on the Tongue at My Grandmother’s Funeral… She writes a number of criticisms of the liturgical form used in this particular … Continue reading

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Archbishop Cordileone: Whitewashing the Tombs

Recently, San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone added a Faith Statement to the teacher’s handbook for Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. Here is the complete statement: Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and … Continue reading

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To what extent may we resist or disagree with the Pope?

Pope Francis is the sole valid current Roman Pontiff. He is the Vicar of Christ, the Supreme Shepherd of the Church on earth. Pope emeritus Benedict accepts Francis as the Pope. The line of succession from Benedict to Francis is … Continue reading

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