Mixed Marriage & Separate Communion

The post first appeared on the Catholic Herald website. Pope Francis recently spoke to the Lutheran community of Rome and addressed a question about Lutherans with Catholic spouses receiving Communion. His response, which was in fact rather nuanced, provoked a huge reaction from those who jumped to the conclusion that he was pressing for general … More Mixed Marriage & Separate Communion

Ratzinger’s Answer to the Kasper Question

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

Mitis Iudex: While Canonists Hesitate, Rome Speaks

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

A Modest Proposal

The promulgation of the motu proprio Mitis Iudex kicked up a canonical dust storm about its intentions, interpretation and likely consequences. In a previous post, I sought to outline what I thought were the objective pro’s and con’s of the legal reforms which Francis has introduced. On balance, and with nearly a week’s mass reflection … More A Modest Proposal