Category Archives: Sacraments

Canon 915: Teachers of Heresy may not receive Communion

Canon 915 says nothing about divorce and remarriage, explicitly. It forbids ministers to give Communion to persons obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin. It is interpreted to apply to the divorced and remarried, if they are in the situation where … Continue reading

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Can a Catholic who violates Church teaching be in good conscience?

Conscience is the inherent ability of reason and free will to seek, find, and understand moral truths, and to comprehend the good and evil in acts of the person. But when fallen sinners exercise reason and free will, concupiscence and … Continue reading

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On Natural Marriage, Polygamy, and Indissolubility

This article presents my theological opinion on certain open questions concerning natural marriage and polygamy. How we should we regard three things: 1. the difference between natural marriage and the Sacrament as concerns indissolubility 2. polygamy in the Old Testament … Continue reading

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Reply to Dr. Ed Peters on the dogmas of the Council of Trent

Dr. Peters’ new post emphasizes the main point of the previous post, that a ratum et consummatum marriage, that is, a consummated Christian Sacrament of Matrimony, is not dissoluble except by death. True, but the problems with his previous post … Continue reading

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Communion Discipline for the Orthodox shows the wisdom of Amoris Laetitia

The following article was written at my request by reader Marco, based on his excellent comments about Amoris Laetitia in other posts. Many claim that allowing the divorced and remarried to receive Communion would go against Divine Law. They claim … Continue reading

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Old Testament (updated and edited)

The Old Testament permitted divorce and remarriage. This was written into Mosaic law, which is of divine origin. The opinion which states that the Old Testament contains the misunderstandings and errors of an ancient people is abject heresy. All of … Continue reading

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The General Resurrection and the Dissolution of Marriage

What happens, at the time of the general Resurrection, to the faithful Catholic Christians who are still alive on earth on that very day, at that very hour? Does Jesus, at His Return, strike them dead so that He can … Continue reading

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Does Contracepted Sex suffice to Consummate a Marriage?

The Catholic Sacrament of Marriage is “ratum tantum” (ratified only) after the exchange of vows in the wedding ceremony, and is “ratum et consummatum” (ratified and consummated) after the spouses have had marital relations. The sexual relations in question is … Continue reading

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A Canon Lawyer narrows the Baptism of Desire

On his blog “In the Light of the Law”, canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters offers us A note on the “spiritual” reception of sacraments. In that article, Peters makes his usual mistake of dogmatizing his own limited understanding and personal … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on Dissolving Valid Marriages

In a recent post titled Boudway vs. Murray is not even close, canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters makes some good points on the indissolubility of marriage. The main point is that only a ratified and consummated sacramental marriage is dissolved … Continue reading

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Arguments against Ordaining Women Deacons

As explained in my previous post, I believe that the Church possesses the authority to ordain women to the diaconate. However, the Magisterium has not yet settled the question. So let’s look at the arguments offered by various persons against … Continue reading

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Bishop Paprocki’s Error on the Goods of Marriage

In a recent document, Decree Regarding Same-Sex “Marriage” and Related Pastoral Issues [PDF], Bishop Thomas John Paprocki issued guidelines on same-sex marriage and the reception of the Sacraments. This document is generally in line with Church doctrine and discipline. But … Continue reading

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