This post first appeared on the Catholic Herald website. The recent relatio at the end of the family synod was, it was hoped, going to provide some resolution to the vigorous debate on the best means of pastorally accompanying couples who are divorced and civilly remarried, and specifically address the so-called Kasper proposal of admitting them, on … More Ratzinger’s Answer to the Kasper Question
The following post first appeared on the Catholic Herald website last week. Canon law, and canon lawyers, often get a bad press. Last week, Pope Francis decried “doctors of the law” who try to limit the merciful love of God through some kind of moral absolutism. While the comment was rightly aimed at those who … More In Defence of Doctors of the Law
Today the canon law community has been on fire, or en fuego as the latins like to say, with the news of the new motu proprio from the Holy Father on the process for examining cases of marriage nullity. When a big change in the law is announced, as it was this morning, and especially when it … More Mitis Iudex: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
For the past two days, Catholic news sites and blogs have been giving wall-to-wall attention to the Pope’s statement that the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated. It’s very common for Catholics to have a hazy idea of what excommunication is; generally people understand it as “what happens to bad people”, a sort of sending … More What’s So Bad About the Excommunicated?