Tag Archives: canon law

Repost: Is Confession Still an Easter Duty?

(This was written some time ago, but since it has become incredibly popular during the Lenten season, it seems worthwhile to bring it to readers’ attention once again.  Note that declarations of a “pandemic” do not eliminate the clergy’s responsibility … Continue reading

Posted in Confession, Parish Life, Sacraments | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Repost: Is Confession Still an Easter Duty?

Canon Law and the Mass Pro Populo

Q: At my parish, the same Sunday Mass used always to be the one celebrated by the pastor pro populo.  No stipend was ever taken for that Mass because it was not for anyone’s personal intention. In the past few … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Canon Law and the Mass Pro Populo

Why Would a Bishop Refuse to Ordain a Seminarian?

Q:  I was a seminarian for nearly five years, and in fifth year I was suddenly and unexpectedly dismissed as a seminarian by the bishop.  He gave me three reasons for the dismissal, each of which I protested.  For example, … Continue reading

Posted in Clergy Issues, Holy Orders, Sacraments | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Why Would a Bishop Refuse to Ordain a Seminarian?

Which Parish Do I Belong To?

Q: In my diocese there is a parish which describes itself as “a non-territorial parish established to preserve and promote the traditional Latin Mass.” What is the difference between a non-territorial parish and a “normal” parish?  I would assume the … Continue reading

Posted in Parish Life | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Which Parish Do I Belong To?

How Can You Tell a Real Law from an Illegal Decree?

Q: In this period of such confusion in the Church, you sometimes point to the law as the final answer on the subject.  Other times, though, you have criticized a law as being unjust and said that it must be … Continue reading

Posted in Other Canonical Questions | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on How Can You Tell a Real Law from an Illegal Decree?