Rorate Caeli

IMPORTANT: Reform of the Code of Canon Law
Since someone else mentioned it...

In his interview released today, the Superior-General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) mentioned the following:

"...the corrections that are currently being studied for the Code of Canon Law… "

Rorate can confirm, through independent Roman sources, that studies on the reform of at least one of the books of the Code of Canon Law (CIC) of 1983 are very well advanced. [In response to a comment: yes, it is Book VI, and, yes, "studies" in the sense of a final draft that is being studied by institutions outside the City.]


  1. Fr. A.M.9:27 PM

    I wonder if this is in connection with censures/penalties ? I know that this is currently undergoing reform.

  2. Dear anonymous,

    Thou sayest it.

    You are absolutely right, and it is good to have absolutely anonymous commentators who can say more than we are authorized to do - we are often forced to use words that cover many things, you surely understand that need, right...? Unfortunately, we can allow no exception to our non-Anonymous rule.


  3. Perhaps involving an overhaul to procedures for dealing with sexual abuse?

  4. The new Catechism says this re the death penalty:

    Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

    Like Vatican II, that is ambiguous beyond belief! But then the Austrian Cardinal who edited it, and supports Medjugorje would be proud!

    I not only believe in the death penalty, I believe in expanding it in the case of a child rapist, twice convicted, and with DNA evidence in the second offense. I'm an ex-prosecutor, and lobbied for this Texas-model. I'm also a devout Catholic. I'm sick of Catholics equating the death penalty with abortion!