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November 27, 2019

I was recently approached for advice in connection with a small but vibrant community of sisters. As a consequence, I was required to consider two documents; the significance of which may have slipped under the radar of a number of busy canonists. The first is the Apos...

November 17, 2019

Some years ago, a UK based telecoms provider published a marketing campaign on national television; its theme: 'keeping in touch'.  The commercial featured an attentive Jewish grandmother consoling her grandson on the publication of his less than illustrious exam resul...

November 6, 2019

 For those of a certain vintage, the term 'start as you mean to go on' will be familiar enough. Experience also confirms that it is not uncommon for those who readily participate in (and derive benefits of membership from) particular associations, or communities, may,...

November 4, 2019

Media coverage over this past weekend has raised some interesting questions. News of a conference at Trinity College Dublin, reports allegations of "cowardice" within the Irish episcopate and "fundamental dysfunction" within seminaries. Elsewhere, video footage has bee...

November 2, 2019

As any informed observer will confirm, vocabulary in the Church is, like any other social community, subject to change. Take by way of example, the ubiquitous use of the term "Eucharistic Minister", with the de facto abandonment of the prefix "Extraordinary".   It has...

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