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  • Canon law must serve Vatican II vision of the church, pope says

    Canon law must serve Vatican II vision of the church, pope says

    Pope Francis says the Church’s law must always be perfected to better serve the church’s mission and the daily lives of the faithful. Canon law, he said, can and should be an instrument for implementing the vision of the Second Vatican Council.

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  • Pope re-ups Cardinal Raymond Burke at Vatican’s supreme court

    Pope re-ups Cardinal Raymond Burke at Vatican’s supreme court

    Pope Francis on Saturday re-appointed American Cardinal Raymond Burke, along with five other clerics, as a member of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s supreme court, thereby extending Burke’s term at the body he once led until he was removed by Francis in 2014. Despite disagreements, both Francis and Burke have described impressions of a rupture between the two men as exaggerated.

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  • On popes and the problem with preemptive resignation

    On popes and the problem with preemptive resignation

    Following confirmation this week that Pope Paul VI wrote resignation letters in advance in case he was struck by a disabling condition, debate is likely to revive about whether such a preemptive resignation would be valid under Church law. Until that’s resolved, we’re sort of like people driving around without car insurance – gambling the worst won’t happen, but always knowing it could.

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