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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"Christifidelis" and the St. Joseph's Foundation

I have subscribed (if I can put it that way, since it's free) to Christifidelis, the newsletter of the St. Joseph Foundation in Texas since I don't know when. It features a mix of ecclesiastical news, sometimes good, sometimes bad, and offers canonical perspectives on many matters. I invariably find myself reading nearly all of every issue when it arrives, which is four to six times a year. Occasionally I am quoted therein, always accurately and fairly.

But if I do say so myself, Executive Director Charles Wilson's latest article, "Applying the principles and procedures of civil law to canon law: a recipe for frustration" (14 Sep. 2006), which uses extended passages from two of my recent articles (on the Schiavo-Centonze wedding and my Reply to Patrick Gordon), was especially gratifying to see.

Chuck (I presume on the cordiality he extended to me in our only meeting about 10 years ago) knows from long experience what canonists often know only from books, namely, that common-law Americans have many mistaken assumptions about how a Roman-based canon law system works, and he has explained it succinctly for his readers. There is something gratifying about seeing one's words correctly understood and then ably mediated to audiences unforseen; I hope many people benefit by the article.

If you don't already know of St. Joseph's Foundation, check it out; if you don't already get Christifidelis, ask for a sample today. Those who like to visit "In the Light of the Law" or my will likely find Mr. Wilson's project interesting too.

Updated October 17: Chuck Wilson's article is now posted.