Canon Law

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Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo.

Analysis: With bishops in a tight spot, will priests get squeezed?

May 1, 2019

By JD Flynn

As bishops address the clerical sexual abuse crisis, will they ensure the canonical rights of priests?  Read more

Pope Francis leads the introductory prayer and delivers his greeting on the opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Analysis: Pope Francis issues new definition of ‘vulnerable’ adult

Mar 29, 2019

By Ed Condon

How “vulnerable” adults are defined in law has been hotly contested in recent discussions of scandal and reform in the... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Analysis: The stakes of Pell's Vatican trial

Mar 5, 2019

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

The Vatican has announced that a canonical process against Cardinal George Pell will soon begin in the Congregation for the... Read more

Bishop Thomas Daly. CNA file photo.

Bishop Daly: Pro-choice pols should not receive Eucharist

Feb 2, 2019

By JD Flynn

The Bishop of Spokane said Friday that that politicians who publicly support abortion should not receive the Eucharist in his... Read more

What is a lay 'Parish Life Coordinator'? A CNA Explainer

Dec 11, 2018

By Ed Condon

What is a ‘parish life coordinator? What does such a lay person do?  Read more


Analysis: How sexual misconduct reforms might begin in U.S. dioceses

Nov 29, 2018

By Ed Condon

Some U.S. bishops have told CNA they now realize that if they want to initiate new reforms, they’ll have to... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: Will bishops push for clarity on the synod’s procedural rules?

Oct 13, 2018

By JD Flynn

Recent changes to canon law have left some bishops attending the 2018 Synod of Bishops uncertain about the meeting’s procedural... Read more

CNA Explainer: What rights does a pastor have?

Sep 29, 2018

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

Chicago rainbow flag burning raises questions about a pastor's canoical rights  Read more

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio speaks at a Vatican press conference Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican's former legal chief says canon law should include care of creation

Jul 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

Church law should include care of creation, Vatican legal expert says  Read more

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger. CNA file photo.

Tucson bishop elaborates on ‘canonical penalties’ for immigrant family separation

Jun 20, 2018

A bishop who suggested last week that the Church consider canonical penalties for Catholics involved in the separation of families... Read more

New Baltimore policy permits outdoor Catholic weddings

Jun 11, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced a policy to allow weddings to be held outside of parish churches, including at... Read more

Vatican requests courses to fill ‘urgent need’ for training in canon law

May 3, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican issued guidelines and norms Thursday for calling for new courses in canon law, designed to respond to a... Read more

Bishop Morlino: don't let funeral controversy overshadow Christ's love

Nov 2, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

For Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, misconceptions and negativity are dominating the reaction to his diocese’s private message to priests... Read more

Vatican calls on bishops to prevent Eucharistic abuse in their dioceses

Jul 8, 2017

In a new letter to bishops, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments denounced abuses against... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica.

Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

Sep 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 4, 2016.

How will the reform of marriage nullity cases proceed in Italy?

Jun 12, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With a letter sent Wednesday to the general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, Pope Francis established a bilateral working... Read more

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

Sep 7, 2015

The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern... Read more

Archbishop Müller speaking at the Vatican, July 5, 2013.

Archbishop Müller encourages unity serving evangelization, mission

Jan 23, 2014

At a Spanish university's canon law conference, the Vatican's head for doctrinal matters spoke this week about collegiality and unity... Read more

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, Archbishop of Brasilia, leaves Paul VI Hall.

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Nov 2, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious... Read more