The post first appeared on the Catholic Herald website. With the furore surrounding the synod on the family dying down, at least until Pope Francis’s expected Apostolic Exhortation comes out, attention has once again shifted to scandal in the Curia. The recent arrest of two curial advisors, and the advent of not one but two … More Who Will Reform the Reformers?
Heresy has been a popular term in the last two weeks. Various people have been pronouncing, and taking umbrage at, accusations of heresy, stated or implied, mistaken or spot on. Some, it seems, believe that using the word heresy steps outside the bounds of fair comment and is, and therefore justifies, an ad hominem attack, … More You Don’t Need To Be a Heretic To Be Wrong
On Monday of this week, the Canon Law Society of America began its annual conference. While seminars have dealt with a range of issues, Mitis Iudex and its proper implementation have, unsurprisingly, been the major focus. On Tuesday, Francis Morissey, a well known but controversial canonist, addressed the general assembly. Morissey was not a member of … More Mitis Iudex: While Canonists Hesitate, Rome Speaks
When I was a student in canon law school, for there is such a thing, the Dean had an infuriating habit of answering every question with “It depends on your ecclesiology.” It drove us all mad as first-years, but it soon became clear to us that he was right. The longer I spend in canonical … More It’s the Ecclesiology, Stupid
Canon law is not something which gets a lot of press, as a rule. Cause God doesn’t do laws, ok man? Every now and then, however, something happens which brings canon law into the mainstream news. An unfortunate cultural by-product, in and out of the Church, of ignoring canon law 99% of the time is … More Of Mercy and Minions