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Archbishop Wilton Gregory at a Mass celebrated at the Capital One Arena before the 2020 March for Life.

Analysis: Archbishop Gregory says he won’t deny Biden communion. How will Catholics respond?

Nov 24, 2020

By JD Flynn

Washington’s archbishop, who will be made a cardinal this weekend, told a journalist Tuesday that in his diocese, he will... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 4, 2020.

Pope Francis requires bishops to have Vatican permission for new diocesan religious institutes

Nov 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has changed canon law to require a bishop to have permission from the Holy See prior to establishing... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke. CNA file photo.

Cardinal Burke: Biden should not receive Holy Communion

Sep 29, 2020

Cardinal Raymond Burke, a canon lawyer and formerly the prefect of the Church’s highest court, has said that Catholic politicians... Read more

Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood May 7, 2017.

Detroit man thought he was a priest. He wasn't even a baptized Catholic

Aug 22, 2020

By JD Flynn

Father Matthew Hood of the Archdiocese of Detroit thought he became a priest in 2017. He hadn't even been baptized.  Read more

A Dutch church closed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis: The sacramental shutdown, coronavirus, and canon law

Mar 26, 2020

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption around the world. To politics, economics, and to the life of the Church: most... Read more

Theologians say there is ‘doubt’ of sacramentality in marriages between ‘baptized non-believers’

Mar 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The International Theological Commission this week published a study into the question of whether two “baptized non-believers” can contract sacramental... Read more

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of Lesotho at the United Nations.

Lesotho PM murder case could have canon law consequences

Feb 25, 2020

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the murder of his estranged former wife. The trial could also have an canonical... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis: Canon law revision project is concluding

Feb 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said on Friday that canon law can be like medicine, because justice is healing for the entire Church.... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Bartholomew at Domus Sancta Marta, Sept. 19, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Canon law is essential for ecumenical dialogue'

Sep 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In an audience Thursday with members of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said that “canon... Read more


Baptismal record for same-sex couples causes controversy in Colombia

Jul 25, 2019

The recent baptism of a child raised by a same-sex couple has caused a controversy in Colombia, after a parish... Read more

Fr. Hermann Geissler, FSO.

Signatura: Geissler 'acquittal' came after formal process

May 17, 2019

The Vatican announced Friday that a former Curial official accused of sexual solicitation in the confessional was found not guilty... Read more

Pope Francis.

Analysis: 'Vos estis' and 'vulnerability'

May 13, 2019

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis’ recently promulgated policy on sexual abuse allegations made against bishops, Vos estis lux mundi, offers a new and... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis issues norms for reports of abuse of minors, seminarians, and religious

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity... Read more

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