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TODAY'S COLUMN

Debacle at the Lateran – Part II

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 22, 2016

In my last column I discussed the explosive controversy — the umpteenth of this pontificate — arising from Francis’ declaration on June 14 at Saint John Lateran that “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null” and that couples who cohabit can have “a true marriage, they have the grace precisely of marriage, because of the fidelity they have.

The canonist Dr. Edward Peters calls this opinion “preposterous.” Just how preposterous is shown by Francis’ own explanation of his view:

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney specializing in First Amendment and other civil rights litigation on behalf of Catholics. His articles and commentary on Catholic Church affairs have appeared in The Latin Mass magazine, The Remnant, Christian Order, Catholic Family News, The Fatima Crusader magazine and elsewhere. He is co-author (with Thomas Woods) of The Great Facade, a widely acclaimed analysis of changes in the Church since Vatican II. He and his wife Wendy, a convert from Protestantism, have six children.


James W. Bannister was born in Toronto, Canada and earned degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Toronto. He practiced law in Canada for 12 years, then moved into business management consulting, training and teaching. Jim has taught and practiced the art of communication for nearly a quarter of a century, working in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He was a convert to Catholicism before Vatican II and is dedicated to restoring the Church to what it was when he was baptized. He has been working with Our Lady's Apostolate since 1990.