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
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?
In a triumph of curiosity over experience, I occasionally have a look at the soi disant National Catholic Reporter blog. The article I read this morning profiled a petition delivered to the Congregation for Bishops through the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington. The petition, filed by a group called “the Catholic Whistleblowers”, asks for an investigation into abuse … More Allegation and Punishment
The more I read about the dispute over who can sell and who can buy the convent in the hills of LA, the weirder it all seems. It’s quite hard enough to get your head around the Archbishop of LA in civil court up against two elderly, but clearly capable, nuns; but when we read … More Sparks Flying in LA vs Sisters of IHM