Monday, November 24, 2008

Two Interesting News Items

by Steve Ray on November 24, 2008

St. Louis bishop: ‘Privilege to die’ to end abortion
If anyone doubted that St. Louis was left in good hands after the promotion of Archbishop Burke to Rome, have not fear. In
an interview published Friday, Bishop Robert Hermann, administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said that it would be a ‘privilege to die tomorrow to bring about an end to abortion.’ For another article read the the report on

(Steve’s Note: In my earlier years I used to be a member of a cultish group with similarities to the one mentioned below, so this is interesting. Groups that are secluded and “exclusively right” and break away from the stability of authentic tradition and leadership often spin off into cultish authoritarianism. I lived through it for 6 years).

Discord threatens Mexican ex-Catholic sect
An eccentric Mexican sect illustrates the fate of many groups that break away from the Catholic Church: personal and doctrinal disputes are threatening the future of a group that would not accept the authority of the Holy See, yet imposed far more rigorous authority on its own adherents.

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From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters:

Copernicus: Motor terrae, solisque Stator

With your indulgence, I post a second item today, this time to make a lighter point: that ecclesiastical scholars are in the front ranks of those helping the world to better understand itself. News of the discovery of Copernicus’ grave in Poland, the canon lawyer who revolutionized astronomy, prompts my brief notice. (Link fixed)

Canonical options for dealing with Catholic legislative support for FOCA

The final wording of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) has yet to be set, but there is every indication that it will be the most radical piece of pro-abortion legislation ever proposed at the federal level. The near certainty that FOCA will be re-introduced (compounded by the increased likelihood that it will pass and be signed into law) means that, ready or not, Catholic bishops will have to face squarely the problem of well-known Catholic legislators supporting a specifically and gravely evil bill. As I see it, bishops have four options for dealing with Catholic legislators who support FOCA.

Read about them here:


Medieval Writer on Same Sex Marriage

by Steve Ray on November 24, 2008

From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters:

For those interested in how historical texts might be plumbed for insights into contemporary debates, I provide here an interesting passage from a famous medieval canonical treatise which rejects “same sex marriage” centuries before it was even contemplated.