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Canon Law

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

An Overview of the Legal Grounds for Annulment, Separation and Divorce

Brad Reid | Posted 06.16.2015 | Divorce
Brad Reid

In simplified overview, secular legislation originally loosely followed historic Canon Law. Since state legislation varies, have an experienced attorney determine the legal grounds and procedure for annulment, separation and divorce in your state.

Another Memo to Pope Francis

Alice Carey | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Alice Carey

Frank, if you really want to strike a mark that will mean something in your Papacy do this: De-frock the rotten lot of them.

May a Man Marry a Man? A Medieval Debate

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Even working in a field that seems so old and dry, every so often you have the opportunity to stumble upon a text that is utterly unexpected. I stumbled upon -- and that is the right expression -- a question that seemed to leap off the page.

Bishops Should Act With Humanity And Charity

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Marie Siroky

Recent pastoral letters and press conferences from Roman Catholic Bishops are demonstrating an increasing intolerance for other faiths and beliefs. These statements suggest that individual Catholics are not capable of knowing the strength of their own personal faith.

What Church Law Says About Papal Resignations

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

The process here is not unlike the retirement of any other bishop, with the caveat that the Pope does not answer to anyone, so there is no "technical" recipient of his resignation.

An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

LaPierre does have a point. We do need to address the way our culture glorifies violence. But the priority must be to stop the bleeding.