Earlier this weekend the venerable Ed Peters published a post about latae sententiae penalties, those which a person incurs automatically, in which he restated his case for their abolition. As is his way, Ed Peters’ article was coherent and persuasive and his case stridently put. I have some sympathy with his exasperation with the way … More In Defence of Latae Sententiae
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
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?