Category Archives: Crimes and Sanctions

Excommunication and the Authority of the Parish Priest

Q: What course do parishioners have to ask the bishop to correct, reprimand or otherwise relocate a priest who refuses to baptize children of parents that he doesn’t “recognize” as parishioners, even though they are on the parish roll?  He … Continue reading

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Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part I

Q: What’s the canonical status of priests ordained by SSPX bishops, and what’s the canonical status of the sacraments they administer? –John A: It would have been marvelous to be able to respond to John that the priests of the … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination and the Case of Roy Bourgeois

Q: I’m trying to figure out what is really going on in the case of Fr. Bourgeois, who was kicked out of the Maryknolls last year.  The stories I read suggested that he was excommunicated and is no longer a … Continue reading

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Canon Law and False Abuse Allegations, Part II

(Part I of this article was posted on May 2, 2013, and can be read here.) In the first part of our discussion of false sexual-abuse accusations leveled against Catholic priests, we saw that canon law provides—and has always provided—a … Continue reading

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Canon Law and False Abuse Allegations, Part I

Q:  There are so many stories of priest-abusers shielded in past years by their superiors, who allowed it to continue.  But not all the accusations are true, right?  Do you know of any cases of priests accused of sexual abuse, … Continue reading

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