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It’s not fair, but does he deserve it?

February 7, 2019 Edward N. Peters 57

A savvy observer of things Catholic recently contacted me regarding the scorn being directed at Timothy Cdl. Dolan (and other bishops, but mostly Dolan) for not excommunicating New York’s pro-abortion governor Andrew Cuomo, for not […]

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Canon 915’s moment has arrived

January 25, 2019 Edward N. Peters 9

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s blatant promotion of New York’s horrid abortion law seems to have been a tipping point. Demands, demands, that Catholic leaders do something serious to confront unbridled abortionism in the ranks of Catholic politicos are being published […]

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God bless Fr. LaCuesta

December 17, 2018 Edward N. Peters 68

If the text recently sent to me really was the homily that Fr. Don LaCuesta preached at the funeral Mass of a young man who suddenly killed himself a few days ago, for which homily LaCuesta has been savaged […]

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Excommunicated Catholics are still Catholic

November 20, 2018 Edward N. Peters 12

An essay published some five years ago purporting “to clear up confusion about excommunication” recently popped up again and sowed anew confusion on several aspects of excommunication. I don’t recall responding to the original publication but […]

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A note on the other kind of schism

November 7, 2018 Edward N. Peters 14

Most Catholics correctly, but incompletely, understand schism as “the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff” (1983 CIC 751). Overlooked here—perhaps because it is much rarer than is typical ‘anti-papal schism’ and is harder to […]