The Law Before Amoris Is the Law After

Pope Francis blesses a family Sept. 19 during a special audience with participants at a meeting for the new evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-EVANGELIZATION Sept. 19, 2014.

Holy Communion is to be withheld from divorced-and-remarried Ca­tho­lics in virtue of Canon 915 which, as has been explained countless times, does not require Catholic ministers to read the souls of would-be communicants, but rather, directs ministers to withhold holy Communion from those who, as an external and observable matter, “obstinately persevere in manifest grave […]

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Little Patience for “Law”

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008 at a church in a poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit became the first Latin American pope March 13, taking the name Francis. (CNS photo/Enrique Garcia Medina, Reuters) (March 15, 2013) See POPE-ELECT (UPDATED) March 13, 2013.

Francis has consistently characterized the law and lawyers as “pharisaical,” but societies — and the Church — cannot function without them Pope Francis, like Benedict XVI or John XXIII, shows little personal interest in law. But neither Benedict nor John gave what seems to be cover for disregarding laws felt to be inconvenient, and certainly […]

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In an Age of Confusion, The Church Seeks Clarity


Perspectives on Marriage, Family, and the Synod As we prepared this issue, the long-awaited October 4-25 Bishops’ Synod on the Family was beginning. We decided to offer a number of reflections which would be valid no matter what happened at the Synod, in order to put the proceedings in some sort of context. Therefore, we […]

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