Posts Tagged ‘Canon Law’

Protocols for retired Popes needed Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The Church must clarify its legislation about the role retired popes should play in future, says Professor Thomas Schüller. Schüller is the head of the Canon Law department at Germany’s Münster University. He is one of several German theologians who have called on the Vatican to establish clear canonical regulations for future popes who resign Read more

Judging Jeremy: Catholic outrage as Corbyn receives communion Comments 1

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn and his right to receive holy communion is a hot topic in Catholic UK at the moment. Media reports are broadcasting statements about his faith – or lack of it. He’s not a Catholic says one source. He’s agnostic, says another. Perhaps he’s an atheist, says yet another. He has his own opinions- Read more

Nun officiates at a Catholic marriage Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017

A nun has officiated at a Catholic marriage at a church at Lorrainville, 650 km west of Montreal in Canada. Sister Pierrette Thiffault’s authority to celebrate the marriage came from Rome after the Congregation of Divine Worship and for the Discipline of Sacraments agreed she would be suitable to carry out this ministry. In a Read more

Canon Law change harmonises East and West Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Canon law changes are underway. Pope Francis has strengthened the Latin and Eastern Churches’ cooperative efforts in spreading the Gospel with a new decree. This brings the Latin Church’s Code of Canon Law into harmony with the canon law of the Eastern Catholic Churches. Read more   Related Posts:Pope visualises a more creative post-pandemic churchVatican Read more

US diocese relaxes wedding location policy Comments 0

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Following Pope Francis’s call to meet people where they are, a US diocese has relaxed its policy on wedding locations. Helena diocese Bishop George Thomas approved regulations that allow openness to non-church weddings. Canon law stipulates Catholic weddings are to be in a parish church. But the Code of Canon Law allows bishops to permit Read more

Bishops must consult with Rome before backing new orders Comments 0

Friday, May 27th, 2016

In a new papal ruling, bishops who don’t consult the Vatican before approving would-be religious orders in their dioceses risk having that approval stopped. Before the latest ruling, bishops were required to consult with the Vatican about such matters, but there were no consequences if they didn’t. The new ruling, issued in the form of Read more

Prelate suggests excommunication for strident Pope critics Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

A prelate has suggested that strident criticism of Pope Francis might be grounds for excommunication under canon law. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, suggested such criticism could be seen as akin to “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff. This carries a penalty of excommunication. But US canon lawyer Read more

‘Remarried divorcees’ too blunt a term says theologian Comments 0

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The pro-theologian emeritus of the pontifical household has questioned the appropriateness of the term “remarried divorcees” canonically and pastorally. Cardinal Georges Cottier said in an interview with Jesuit journal La Civilta Catholica that the term is too generic and is applied in “fundamentally different situations”. The Swiss Dominican described two very different cases which come Read more

Woman planning sex-change op not allowed to be godparent Comments 1

Friday, July 31st, 2015

A Spanish woman who identifies as a man and plans to undergo a sex-change operation has been refused permission to be a godparent of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cadiz and Cueta determined that Alex Salinas, 21, cannot be a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with Read more

Diocese wants money from Bishop of Bling Comments 0

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A German diocese wants to recover $NZ$6.5million from its former bishop, dubbed the Bishop of Bling. Limburg diocese wants its former bishop, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, held responsible for the losses incurred during a luxury makeover of his residence and office. The makeover cost $NZ52 million. An uproar ensued in 2013 when the details were Read more