Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tim Staples, Steve Ray and a room full of young people.





Canon Law Case. You Decide.

by Steve Ray on November 13, 2012

Good morning class. Our canon law topic for today is irregularity for the exercise of orders arising from mutilation. As you know:

Canon 1041 states “The following are irregular for receiving orders: . . . n. 5. A person who has mutilated himself or another gravely and maliciously or who has attempted suicide.”

Canon 1044 § 1 says “The following are irregular for the exercise of orders received: . . . n. 3. A person who has committed a delict mentioned in can. 1041, nn. 3, 4, 5, 6.” and

Canon 1397 reads “A person who commits a homicide or who kidnaps, detains, mutilates, or gravely wounds a person by force or fraud is to be punished . . . according to the gravity of the delict.”

Okay, let’s assume you’ve got two priests who get into a brawl and—why are they fighting? I dunno, let’s say they’re fighting over a parking space—anyway, while they are swinging away at each other, one bites an ear off the other. Clean off. Now, analyze the status of the biter and the bitee. Are either, neither, or both of them irregular for the exercise of orders due to mutilation? Cite the law, account for the facts, and explain your answers.

Any questions? Okay, then, see you this afternoon.

Excuse me? Whaddya mean, you don’t like my goofy classroom hypotheticals? Would it be more believable for you if I said these two clerics were, say, tough old Aussies? Anyway, who says this is a made-up case? Just for that, I’m gonna call on you first, young man.

See y’all this afternoon.

Taken from Ed Peters’ Canon Law Website.

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13 Major Differences between Catholics & Protestants

by Steve Ray on November 13, 2012

screen-capture-1Defending the Fullness of the Faith:
13 Major Differences between Catholics & Protestants

By Steve Ray Set of 4 audio CDs Click here

In this exciting series, you will be given the perfect apologetic primer to better understand and defend the Catholic Faith. Stephen Ray, former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, highlights the thirteen major issues that divide Catholics and Protestants:

Authority: Bible Alone?; Catholic Tradition or Protestant Tradition; Where do you Find the Pope in the Bible; Should the Pope Control your Life? Salvation: Born Again the Bible Way; Saved by Faith Alone; Infant Baptism; What About Purgatory? Jesus, Mary, and the Church: Are there Priests or Only Pastors?; Why do Catholics Pray to Mary?; Who Says the Mass is a Sacrifice?; Is Christ Really Present in the Eucharist or is it just a Symbol?

We have LOTS of new audio talks and resources. Click here to see the list.


The Butler Did It, but Should the Pope Pardon

November 13, 2012

New post on In the Light of the Law by Dr. Ed Peters Some thoughts on a possible papal pardon for Paolo Gabriele by Dr. Edward Peters The ink was hardly dry on Paolo Gabriele’s conviction last month for stealing hundreds of confidential documents out of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal quarters when there was open […]

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