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Sex-Abuse Scandals, Transparency, and the Right to a Good Reputation

Q:  In a previous article, you stated that under canon law we all have the right to privacy and a good reputation.  I’m having a hard time reconciling these rights with the need for transparency in the Church regarding sexual … Continue reading

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Who’s Supposed to Pay a Priest’s Salary?

Q: My wife and some of her Catholic girlfriends have befriended a travelling priest who stopped in our diocese for a while. He’s from [another diocese hundreds of miles away]. This priest promotes life-issues and traditional family values, etc. and … Continue reading

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When are the Laity Permitted to Preach?

Q:  I have a question about preaching: what happens in times and places where there is no priest or deacon available to hold Mass, and a communion service or another form of liturgical prayer is held? –Mark A:  While the scenario that … 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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