Category Archives: Sacraments

Reply to Dr. Ed Peters on the dogmas of the Council of Trent

Dr. Peters’ new post emphasizes the main point of the previous post, that a ratum et consummatum marriage, that is, a consummated Christian Sacrament of Matrimony, is not dissoluble except by death. True, but the problems with his previous post … Continue reading

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Communion Discipline for the Orthodox shows the wisdom of Amoris Laetitia

The following article was written at my request by reader Marco, based on his excellent comments about Amoris Laetitia in other posts. Many claim that allowing the divorced and remarried to receive Communion would go against Divine Law. They claim … Continue reading

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Old Testament (updated and edited)

The Old Testament permitted divorce and remarriage. This was written into Mosaic law, which is of divine origin. The opinion which states that the Old Testament contains the misunderstandings and errors of an ancient people is abject heresy. All of … Continue reading

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The General Resurrection and the Dissolution of Marriage

What happens, at the time of the general Resurrection, to the faithful Catholic Christians who are still alive on earth on that very day, at that very hour? Does Jesus, at His Return, strike them dead so that He can … Continue reading

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Does Contracepted Sex suffice to Consummate a Marriage?

The Catholic Sacrament of Marriage is “ratum tantum” (ratified only) after the exchange of vows in the wedding ceremony, and is “ratum et consummatum” (ratified and consummated) after the spouses have had marital relations. The sexual relations in question is … Continue reading

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A Canon Lawyer narrows the Baptism of Desire

On his blog “In the Light of the Law”, canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters offers us A note on the “spiritual” reception of sacraments. In that article, Peters makes his usual mistake of dogmatizing his own limited understanding and personal … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on Dissolving Valid Marriages

In a recent post titled Boudway vs. Murray is not even close, canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters makes some good points on the indissolubility of marriage. The main point is that only a ratified and consummated sacramental marriage is dissolved … Continue reading

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Arguments against Ordaining Women Deacons

As explained in my previous post, I believe that the Church possesses the authority to ordain women to the diaconate. However, the Magisterium has not yet settled the question. So let’s look at the arguments offered by various persons against … Continue reading

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Bishop Paprocki’s Error on the Goods of Marriage

In a recent document, Decree Regarding Same-Sex “Marriage” and Related Pastoral Issues [PDF], Bishop Thomas John Paprocki issued guidelines on same-sex marriage and the reception of the Sacraments. This document is generally in line with Church doctrine and discipline. But … Continue reading

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Joe Biden officiated at a Gay Marriage again

As reported in several sources, former Veep Joe Biden officiated at a same-sex marriage ceremony this past weekend. In 2016, Biden also officiated at a gay marriage. On both occasions, Biden had the role usually fulfilled by a priest or … Continue reading

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The Failure of Canon 915

Before I discuss Canon 915, I want to dispel you of the notion that any discipline is so long-standing and so thoroughly established in Church practice that it is irreformable. The Old Testament disciplines were established by Divine Revelation, and … Continue reading

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The Council of Trent versus Amoris Laetitia and the Maltese Bishops

“CHAPTER VII. “On the preparation to be given so that one may worthily receive the sacred Eucharist “If it is not fitting for anyone to approach any of the sacred functions, except with holiness, certainly, the more that the holiness … Continue reading

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The Maltese Bishops formalize a common practice in the Church

The Catholic Bishops of Malta have released a document: Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. The document plainly permits the divorced and remarried to receive the Sacraments of Confession and Communion based on their own judgment … Continue reading

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The Next Conservative Pope on Communion for the divorced and remarried

In my eschatology, I’m predicting that, during the reign of Pope Francis, many conservatives and most traditionalists will depart from communion with the one true Church, and enter into a formal schism. They will depart over three controversies: 1. Communion … Continue reading


The Seal of the Confessional versus Grave Crimes

The Seal of the Confessional is absolute. The confessor is forbidden from disclosing the penitent’s sins and anything else the penitent says in Confession, and he is forbidden from disclosing the mere fact that the penitent went to Confession. Any … Continue reading

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How Often Should You Go To Confession?

I’m a lifelong believing and practicing Catholic. I’ve been to Confession innumerable times. I typically go to Confession every week or two. Refraining from cleaning your soul in Confession, for a lengthy period of time, is like refraining from cleaning … Continue reading

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Pope Francis appoints Commission on Women Deacons

And so it begins. Pope Francis has appointed 13 persons — 6 women and 7 men — to a group called “Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women”. Here’s the story at Pope taps pro-women deacon advocates … Continue reading

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Contra Fr. Regis Scanlon on Women Deacons

Over at Crisis Magazine, Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap writes on Women Deacons? A Matter of Authority. His post proposes that women cannot be ordained as deacons, and he presents this conclusion as if it were dogma. Yet there are … Continue reading


Can a faithful Catholic hold that Women may one day be Priests?

I’ve already written, repeatedly, on the topic of women deacons. It is an open question as to whether or not the Church has been given the authority by Christ to ordain women as deacons. So, until the Magisterium decides the … Continue reading


On the Confessional Resolve to Avoid All Sin

During the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the penitent makes an act of contrition, and the wording of many acts of contrition includes a statement of resolve to “avoid all sin”. But how can we poor fallen sinners tell God that we … Continue reading