Friday, September 13, 2002

Canon Law
There is a headline guaranteed to excite people! Actually, I have always found canon law to be fascinating, even exciting. I have never found it to be dry and remote, but quite pastoral. Everything in it seems to be geared toward creating a community that most clearly gives witness to the Good News about Jesus. Canon lawyers are SO sensible and not subject to hyperbole or being derailled by some strange extreme position.

Exhibit A would be Fr. Paul Hartmann, a canon lawyer of my acquaintance here in Milwaukee who was the administrator of our parish, St. Anthony's, while we waited for a new pastor and who teaches canon law here at Sacred Heart School of Theology.

Exhibit B would be the incomparible Peter Vere, who gives us this wonderful reflection on Canon 212.

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