Category Archives: Crimes and Sanctions

When Can a Pastor be Removed From Office?

Q:  In this article you mentioned in passing that a bishop can’t remove the pastor of a parish just because the pastor does something the bishop doesn’t like.  Can you elaborate? I ask because in Wales a pastor was castigated … Continue reading

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Are We Under Interdict? Sanctions, Part V

Q:  Are we under interdict, and if so what kind? This website taught me everything I know about interdicts.  They way I read the article, here in [my diocese] we are under particular local interdict: Public liturgy cancelled, throughout the whole … Continue reading

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How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part II)

Q: A man at our parish took the Eucharist home and [desecrated It], and now refuses to hand the Host over to the priest or even admit that what he did is wrong.  We know that our clergy are actively … Continue reading

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How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part I)

Q: What does an excommunicated Catholic need to do, to return to full communion with the Catholic Church? –Lauren

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Can a Priest Ever Reveal What is Said in Confession? (Part II)

Q1: I would like to put before you a question with regards to revealing of confessional substance under the permission granted by the penitent.  My question is “Whether by the penitent’s permission, a priest may reveal to another a sin … Continue reading

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