Dr. Edward Peters 

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Curriculum vitae: Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.



Dr. Edward N. Peters

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

2701 Chicago Boulevard

Detroit MI 48206-1799 USA



Edward Peters has doctoral degrees in American law from the University of Missouri at Columbia and in canon law from the Catholic University of America. After over a decade in diocesan canonical administration, Dr. Peters joined the faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit where he now teaches. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Peters as a “Referendary” of the Apostolic Signatura, becoming the first layman so appointed in the 100 years since the reconstitution of that court. Dr. Peters' articles and reviews have appeared in scores of publications around the world and he serves as an advisor to a wide variety of ecclesiastical institutions and persons. He administers, the internet's largest canon law resource, and with his wife Angela has raised six children.





Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit MI, Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair, since 2005. Licentiate Courses: Teaching Office, Synod of Bishops, Particular Church; Masters Courses: Introduction to Canon Law, Marriage Theology & Law, Sacramental Law, Latin for Graduate Students; Undergraduate Courses: Beginning Ecclesiastical Latin, Intermediate Ecclesiastical Latin, Introduction to Liturgy & Sacraments, Introduction to the Catholic Church.


Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Rome, Referendary, since May, 2010.


Canonical memberships: Consociatio Internationalis Studio Iuris Canonici Promovendo; Canon Law Society of America; Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland; Canon Law Society of Nigeria; Midwest Canon Law Society (USA).


Other memberships: Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Board, 2013-2016); Familia Sancti Hieronymi; University Faculty for Life; Catholic Lawyers Association of Detroit.






(Graduate) Institute for Pastoral Theology, Ann Arbor MI, 2001-2005. Masters Courses: Canon Law, Canonical Structures, Liturgy & Sacraments, Ecclesiastical Latin.


Diocese of San Diego, CA, 1992-2001. Director of the Office for Canonical Affairs, Defender of the Bond and Collegial Judge (First & Second Instance), Of Counsel to the Office for Civil Affairs.


University of Dallas, TX. Adjunct lecturer in canon law, 1995-2001 (Masters).


Diocese of Duluth, MN, 1985-1992. Chancellor, Defender of the Bond (First and Second Instance), Coordinator of Civil Affairs, 1990-1992. Assistant to the Bishop (in studies) 1985-1990.


Synod of Bishops, XIII Ordinary General Assembly (New Evangelization), Vatican City State, Peritus in Canon Law, October 2012.


Religious Sign Committee, National Catholic Office for the Deaf, Washington DC, Member 2006-2011.


Oxford Seminars,100-hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification, March 2017.



J. C. D., School of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America, 1991. Dissertation: "Penal procedural law in the 1983 Code of canon law". Director, Thomas Green. Johannes Quasten Fellow, 1988-1991.


J. C. L., School of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America, 1988. Thesis: "Preliminary procedural considerations in the application of ecclesiastical penalties", Director, Elizabeth McDonough, op. Archdiocese of Washington DC, Tribunal intern, Summer 1988.

Caldwell Hall at CUA


J. D., School of Law, University of Missouri at Columbia, 1982. Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing, 1981-1982. Missouri Bar Association, admitted 1982, active status out-of-state through 2008.


B. A. (Political Science), College of Arts & Sciences, St. Louis University, May 1979. Musicianship award (woodwinds), four years. Intern, St. Louis County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Summer 1978.

Tate Hall at Mizzou


Diploma, Chaminade College Preparatory High School, Creve Coeur, MO, May 1975. Cardinal Circle and John Phillip Souza National Band awards. Eagle Scout, BSA, July 1975.


Monographs: Scholarly

A Modern Guide to Indulgences, Foreword by Abp. Timothy M. Dolan, (Hillenbrand Books, Liturgy Training Publications, 2008) 115 pp., info here.


Incrementa in Progressu 1983 Codicis Iuris Canonici, (A Legislative History of the 1983 Code of Canon Law), Foreword by Abp. Raymond Burke, (Series Gratianus, Wilson & Lafleur, 2005) xci + 1549 pp., info here.


The 1917 or Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation with extensive scholarly apparatus, Foreword by Abp. John J. Myers, (Ignatius Press, 2001) xxxv + 777 pp., info here.


Tabulae congruentiae inter Codicem iuris canonici et versiones anteriores canonum, Foreword by Msgr. Craig Cox, (Series Gratianus, Wilson & Lafleur, 2000) lix + 198 pp., info here.


Edward Peters (American layman, 1957-), Penal Procedural Law in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon Law Studies No. 537, (Catholic University of America: Washington, DC, 1991) 393 pp. Abstract at Jurist 51 (1991) 229-230, info here.




The canonical position of Amoris laetitia, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 40/1-2 (Spring-Summer, 2017) 15-19.


Do Catholics need ecclesiastical permission to divorce?, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 40/1-2 (Spring-Summer, 2017) 61-64, here.


Mercy and the Rule of Law, Canon Law Society of Nigeria Proceedings, forthcoming.


Some canonical considerations on pastoral ministry to Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction, forthcoming.


The revision of the penal law of the Catholic Church, forthcoming.


Toward reform of the first criterion for admission to the order of virgins, Studia Canonica 48 (2014) 467-491.


Video communications technology and the sacramental confessions of Deaf Catholics, The Jurist 73 (2013) 513-537.


Vasectomy as an irregularity for holy Orders, Angelicum 90 (2013) 165-187.


Furthering my proposal to extend the fast for holy Communion, Homiletic & Pastoral Review on-line (July 2013), here.


Retrospectives on Benedict XIV's const. Sacramentum poenitentiae (1741), Apollinaris (2011) 581-605.


Benedict XVI's remission of the Lefebvrite excommunications: an analysis and alternative explanation, Studia Canonica 45 (2011) 165-189; reprinted in Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland Newsletter, 172 (Dec 2012) 1, 8-29.


A note on some misapplications of Presbyterorum ordinis 16, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 34/2 (Summer, 2011) 33-35.


When bad advice in confession becomes a crime, Homiletic & Pastoral Review 101/9 (Jun-Jul 2011) 18-23, in PDF here.


Impugnation of marriage by the promoter of justice on the basis of crimen, Periodica de re Canonica 100 (2011) 65-129.


Confidential consultations in the selection of bishops: law and practice, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 34/1 (Spring, 2011) 59-63.


Canon law and apotemnophilia, Ethics & Medics 36/2 (Feb 2011) 3-4, here.


Diaconal categories and clerical celibacy, Chicago Studies 49 (2010) 110-116, here.


Ecclesiastical office as punishment for crime: toward the abrogation of Canon 1336 § 1, n. 4, Ius Ecclesiae 21 (2009) 367-374.


The ordination of men bereft of speech and the celebration of sacraments in sign language, Studia Canonica 42 (2008) 331-345.


Canonical and cultural developments culminating in the ordination of Deaf men during the twentieth century, Josephinum Journal of Theology 15 (2008) 427-443.


Hardt & O'Rourke err on the CDF Response, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 8/1 (Spring 2008) 14-15.


Accidental parricide in the Ius Novissimum: how canonical commentary mitigated rigorous law, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniensis 83 (2007) 339-358.


The Communion fast: a reconsideration, Antiphon 11 (2007) 234-244, here.


The canonical achievements of Pope John Paul II, Ave Maria Law Review 5 (2007) 1-33, here.


The canonical presumption of spousal paternity, Periodica de re Canonica 95 (2006) 307-342.


Lest amateurs argue canon law: a reply to Patrick Gordon's brief against Bp. Thomas Daily, Angelicum 83 (2006) 121-142, here.


Introduction to Card. Trujillo's [essay], 'The Nature of Marriage', Ave Maria Law Review 4 (2006) 289-296, here.


Canonical considerations on diaconal continence, Studia Canonica 39 (2005) 147-180, here.


Note on Cdl. Gasparri’s letter 'Perlegisti', Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland Newsletter (Jun 2004) 106-107, here.


Marian and cultic themes in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Faith & Reason 27 (2001) 85-106.


Annulments in America: keeping bad news in context, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Nov 1996) 58-66, here.


The coming bishop crunch, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Nov 1995) 15-19, here.


Canonical responsibilities for public aid to private education, Faith & Reason 16 (1990) 13-22, here.


Denial of the Eucharist to pro-abortion politicians, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Oct 1990) 28-32, 48-49, here.


Concluding remarks on canon law and the recovery of the sacred, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Proceedings 12 (1989) 161-162.


Religion and politics in Bellocian biographies, Chesterton Review 12 (1986) 195-199, here.


The process of responsible decision: the jurisprudence of Professor Jones, Catholic Lawyer 28 (1983) 199-214.


Anatomical donations, in J. Krauskopf, Advocacy for the Aging (West Publishing, 1982) Chap. 25.


Recent developments in Missouri: commercial law (with G. Wallach), U.M.K.C. Law Review 50 (1982) 395-411.


The common good in Catholic thought, Law & Justice (Trinity/Michaelmas, 1981) 97-103.


Reference works: Scholarly

New Dictionary of Canon Law (Liturgical Press, forthcoming). 12 entries on ecclesiastical criminal law.


Altera opinio de consuetudine, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 34/3-4 (Fall-Winter 2012) 49, here.


2012 CLSA Advisory Opinions: Simulation of the Precious Blood in Eucharistic celebration (106-111).


Divorciado [Acceso a los sacramentos del], in J. Otaduy, et al., eds., Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico (Universidad de Navarra/Aranzadi, 2012) III: 438-439.


Juramento, in J. Otaduy, et al., eds., Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico (Universidad de Navarra/Aranzadi, 2012) IV: 903-906.


2011 CLSA Advisory Opinions: Irregularity for abortion (109-111), Tribunal conflict of interest (120-121).


2010 CLSA Advisory Opinions: Form of Confirmation (131-133); Exemption from a penalty (169-174); Excommunication for abortion (178-182).


Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (Cambridge, 2010). s.v., Codex Iuris Canonici, Ecclesiastical Latin, Excommunication, Marriage Annulment, Seal of Confession.


New Catholic Encyclopedia Supp., I (Gale, 2010), s.v., Annulment, Diocese, Excommunication, Interdict.


2009 CLSA Advisory Opinions: Applications of the Essential Norms in cases of doubt (133-138).


2008 CLSA Advisory Opinions: Withholding of Holy Communion by extraordinary minister (80-83); Responsibilities of Christian witness at baptism (94-95).


Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought (Scarecrow, 2007). s.v., Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


2007 CLSA Advisory Opinions: Reception of Holy Communion by one unable to swallow (54-57); Permission for priest to run for political office (60-62); Invalid confirmation due to contrary intention of the recipient (68-70).


Book Reviews: Scholarly

B. Ferme, Introduction to the History of the Sources of Canon Law, Journal of Law and Religion 25 (2009) 589-591.


Martin & Williamson, eds. John Paul II & New Evangelization, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (May 2009) 77-78.


F. Makaka, The Impediment of Ligamen in the Canonical System, Studia Canonica 42 (2008) 562-563.


Müller & Sommar, eds., Medieval Church Law, Journal of Law and Religion 23 (2007) 101-104.


Caparros, ed., Exegetical Commentary on Canon Law, The Jurist 67 (2007) 541-542.


D. Jones, Christus Sacerdos in the Preaching of St. Augustine, Antiphon 11 (2007) 107-109.


Raym. Peñafort, Summa on Marriage, Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland Newsletter (Mar 2007) 69-71.


F. Arinze, Celebrating the Holy Eucharist, Antiphon 10 (2006) 212-213, here.


D. Cenlamor & J. Miras, El Derecho de la Iglesia: curso basico, Studia Canonica 40 (2006) 540-542.


J. Forteas, Interview with an Exorcist: An Insider's Look, Antiphon 10 (2006) 296-297.


J. Hitchcock, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life, The Jurist 66 (2006) 499-503, here.


D. Keating, Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 29/3 (Fall, 2006) 64-65, or here.


Caparros, ed., Exegetical Commentary on Canon Law, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Mar 2006) 66-67.


A. Miklósházy, Benedicamus Domino: Theological Foundations of Liturgical Renewal, Antiphon 9 (2005) 83-86, here.


D. Torevell, Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity, and Liturgical Form, Antiphon 9 (2005) 215-218, here.


Caparros, ed., The Code of Canon Law Annotated, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Dec 2005) 73-75, here.


Caparros, ed., Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 28/1 (Spring, 2005) 43-44; reprinted in Newsletter of the Canon Law Society of Canada 30/1 (2005) 8-9.


M. Foster, Annulment: the wedding that was, Theological Studies 60 (1999) 797, here.


V. De Paolis, De sanctionibus in Ecclesia; A. Calabrese, Diritto penale canonico; & A. Borras, Les sanctions dans l’Eglise, The Jurist 55 (1995) 952-954, here.


C. Burke, Authority and freedom in the Church, Studia Canonica 24 (1990) 241-243, here.


W. Brennan, The abortion holocaust: Today's Final Solution, Faith & Reason 10 (1984) 88-91, here.


A. Fox, Thomas More: history & Providence, Claremont Review of Books (Feb 1984) 12.


J. Costanzo, Political and legal studies, American Journal of Jurisprudence 28 (1983) 240-248, here.


Quade, ed., The Pope and revolution ... Liberation Theology, Faith & Reason 9 (1983) 169-174, here.


N. Walker, Punishment, danger & stigma: morality of criminal justice, Auslegung 9 (1982) 358-360.


J. Schall, Christianity and life and Christianity and politics, Faith & Reason 8 (1982) 73 ff.


G. Zizola, The Utopia of John XXIII, Faith & Reason 8 (1982) 84-87.


E. Quay, And now infanticide, Faith & Reason 7 (1981) 341.


Monographs: General

Excommunication and the Catholic Church: straight answers to tough questions, Foreword by Bp. Thomas Paprocki, (Ascension Press, 2006) xiv + 64 pp., info here.


Annulments and the Catholic Church: straight answers to tough questions, Foreword by Abp. John J. Myers, (Ascension Press, 2004) xiii + 195 pp; olim 100 Answers to Your Questions on Annulments (Basilica Press, 1997), info here.


Home Schooling and the New Code of Canon Law (Christendom College, 1988) 46 pp, info here.


Articles: General

What Francis forgets about marriage, First Things on-line (22 jun 2016), here.


Retrospectives on the first three years of Francis pontificate, Inside the Vatican (March, 2016) 32.


The Church grapples with the 'governing charism' of the episcopacy (Synod 2015), Inside the Vatican (October, 2015) 20-21.


If we have love, why do we need law?, Teaching the Faith 4/5 (May 2015), Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, info here.


The Church and civil marriage (essayist), First Things (Apr 2014) 38.


Participation in holy Communion by unworthy Catholics, Christifidelis 30/7 (25 Dec 2012) 1, 4-8, in PDF here.


Fencing the altar, First Things (Nov 2012) 19-21, here.


The Cuomo-Communion controversy, Catholic World Report (May 2011) 33-35, here.


Still trying to get the Kennedy funeral lessons right, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 34/1 (Spring 2011) 57-59.


State-sanctioned suicide and ecclesiastical funerals, New Oxford Review (Jun 2009) 39-40, here.


What are indulgences?, Catholic Answer (July/Aug, 2008) 22-24; reprinted in Catholic New World (9 Nov 2008).


Excommunication questions, Catholic Answer (Nov/Dec 2007) 32-34; reprinted in Our Sunday Visitor (28 Oct 2007).


A primer for those who prefer knowing to opining, Christifidelis 25/3 (13 Jun 2007) 3, here.


Why do we need canon law?, Catholic Answer (Mar/Apr 2007) 34-36.


Smearing the Pope: the BBC and Benedict XVI, Catholic World Report (Dec 2006) 40-43, here.


The seal of confession, Catholic Answer (Nov 2006) 30-32.


Why archbishop's action brought excommunication, Our Sunday Visitor (22 Oct 2006) 3, here.


Canonical questions about the Schiavo-Centonze marriage, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 29/2 (Spring, 2006) 6-8.


Bishop Botean’s Lenten Message, in Sharpe, et al., eds, Neo-CONNED! (2005) 156.


Annulment or divorce?, Catholic Answer (May-June 2005) 20-22.


Admitting children of same-sex couples to Catholic elementary schools, Christifidelis 23/1 (22 Feb 2005) 4-6.


Question: who is married?, Catholic World Report (Dec 2004) 56-58, here.


A canonical aspect of the Terri Schiavo case, This Rock (Jan 2004) 16-19, here.


Entering marriage with eyes wide open, Catholic Faith (Jan-Feb 2002) 6-7, here, or here.


Five things every bishop needs to know about canon law, Catholic Dossier (May-Jun 2001) 30-34, here.


Clarifying canonical property claims, Catholic Answer (Jan-Feb 2001) 14-15.


Martin Gilbert on the Holocaust, This Rock (Sep 2000) 5-6.


Answering common questions on annulments, This Rock (Sep 1999) 16-19.


Contraception and divorce, Couple to Couple League Family Foundations (Nov-Dec 1998) 28-29, here.


Plans to move feast of Ascension now in Vatican’s court, National Catholic Reg. (20-26 Dec 1998) 1, 10.


A canonical look at Ad Tuendam Fidem, The Turnaround (Oct 1998) 10-11, here.


Catechetical issues related to annulments, Catholic Faith (May-Jun 1998) 18-20, here.


Inside Annulments (in 5 parts), National Catholic Reg. (Nov-Dec 1997) varia.


Sacraments for children in danger of death, Catholic Answer (Nov-Dec 1997) 57-62, here.


Catechetics for Confession, This Rock (Oct 1997) 41; reprinted in J. Akin, Mass Confusion 148-149.


A catechist’s introduction to canon law, Catholic Faith (May-Jun 1997) 16-18, here.


A canon lawyer looks at home-schooling, Catholic Dossier (Mar-Apri1997) 19-21, here.


Church law and euthanasia: time to oil a rusty canon, Lay Witness (Jan-Feb 1997) 13, 27, here.


Introduction to Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Catholic Faith (Nov-Dec 1996) 31-32, here.


The next papal conclave: 'Universi Dominici gregis', This Rock (Oct 1996) 30-31, here.


Liturgical law: the last labyrinth, Adoremus Bulletin (Sep 1996) 3, here.


For many bishops, retirement is around the corner, National Catholic Reg. (28 Jul 1996) 9.


Excommunication: wave of the future?, National Catholic Reg. (7 Jul 1996) 6, here.


Too young to marry, America (22-29 Jun 1996) 14-16, here.


Tribunals look for cues in Pope's address, National Catholic Reg. (9 Jun 1996) 7, here.


Preparing children for sacraments: controversies and suggestions, Catholic Faith (May-Jun 1996) 5-8, here.


The effects of liturgical innovation on children, Adoremus Bulletin (Mar 1996) 3.


What canon lawyers are and aren’t, This Rock (Nov 1991) 19-22, here.


Home-educated children and the reception of sacraments, Seton Home Study News (Mar 1989) 2-3, here.


A lawyer and his family: Thomas More's letters to his children, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Proceedings 7 (1984) 55-60.


The forbidden and the inevitable: remarks on Wolfe, Crisis (Jul 1983) 16-17.


The A.C.L.U. imagination, Fidelity (May 1983) 8.


Contraception and the union of husband and wife, Life & Family News (Sep-Oct, 1982) 11.


The decline and rise of the Catholic intellectual tradition in America, Common Faith (3 Feb 1982) 4-5.


Is the campus conservative?, ISI Campus Report (Spring 1982) 2, 15.


Molnar outlines pagan temptation, ISI Campus Report (Spring 1982) 3, 14.


Is it really abortion?, Social Justice Review (Jan-Feb 1982) 24-25.


Definition of death requires closer look, [University of Missouri] Campus Digest (13 Mar 1981) 4, 8.


Trial of pro-life activists, St. Louis University Circle of Life (11 Dec 1978) 3-4.


A human being in our hands, Saint Louis University News (29 Sep 1978) 6.


Reference works: General

Encyclopedia Of Apologetics & Evangelization, (Ignatius Press, forthcoming). 10 entries on canon law.


Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Encyclopedia (OSV, 1997). Revised 400+ entries mostly on canon law.


Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Encyclopedia (OSV, 1991). Authored 200+ entries mostly on canon law.


Book Reviews: General

T. Berg, Hurting in the Church, Catholic World Report On-Line (23 Mar 2017), here.


Dejak et al., eds., With God in America ...Walter Ciszek, Catholic World Report On-Line (26 Dec 2016), here; reprinted in Position Papers [Ireland] 505 (Jan 2017) 32-36; reprinted in Friends of Walter Ciszek SJ (2017/1) 1, 3.


J. Keating, The Heart of the Diaconate, Homiletic & Pastoral Review On-Line (Late Fall, 2016), here.


Baima, ed., What is a Parish: Canonical, Pastoral, and Theological Perspectives, Homiletic & Pastoral Review on-line (Jun 2016), here.


D. Wuerl, New Evangelization, Homiletic & Pastoral Review on-line (Jan 2015), here.


J. Coriden, Rights of Catholics in the Church, Christifidelis 26/1 (15 Mar 2008) 3, 8, here.


M. Brumley, How not to share your faith, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Aug-Sep 2003) 82-84, here.


J. Pearce, Old Thunder: A Life of Belloc, Catholic World Report (Nov 2002) 62-63, here.


G. Amorth, An Exorcist Tells His Story, This Rock (Jan 2000) 40, here.


I. Bennett, When Mormons Call, Catholic Faith (May-Jun 2000) =, here.


Sheehy, et al, eds., The Canon Law: Letter & Spirit, Catholic Faith (Sep-Oct, 1999) 47-49, here.


J. Pearce, Wisdom & Innocence: A Life of Chesterton, Homiletic & Pastoral Review (Apr 1999) 78-79, here.


J. Akin, Mass Confusion, National Catholic Reg. (23-29 Aug 1998) 8, here.


J. Monti, Life and Letters of St. Thomas More, National Catholic Reg. (21-27 Jun 1998) 8, here.


M. Pinto, Did Adam & Eve have belly buttons?, National Catholic Reg. (17-23 May 1998) 8, here.


R. Kirk, Rights and Duties, National Catholic Reg. (22-28 Mar 1998) 10, here.


Peterson, ed., Father Brown of the Church of Rome:, National Catholic Reg. (15-21 Feb 1998) 8, here.


A. Scalia, Federal Courts and the Law, National Catholic Reg. (26 Oct-1 Nov 1997) 8, here.


S. Kennedy, Shattered Faith, National Catholic Reg. (12-18 Oct 1997) 6, here.


J. Catoir, The Dilemma of Divorced Catholics, National Catholic Reg. (13-19 Jul 1997) 5, here.


Cardinal Newman, The Idea of a University, National Catholic Reg. (9-15 Feb 1997) 6, here.


Tadie & Macdonald, eds., Permanent Things, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 19/2 (Mar, 1996) 42, here.


R. Shaw, Understanding Your Rights, Southern Cross (6 Oct 1994) 39, here.


T. Allen, Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism, Southern Cross (23 Sep 1993) 34, here.


M. Shaughnessy, Catholic Schools and the Law: A Guide for Teachers, Reflections (Spring 1991) 2.


Macdonald & Tadie, eds., C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton: The Riddle of Joy, Reflections (Summer 1989) 11, here.


Lauer, ‘Home-Schooling’ [tape], Seton Home Study News (Apr 1989) 5.


S. Krason, Parental Rights, Seton Home Study News (Jan 1989) 5.


R. Kirk, The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Santayana, Reflections (Winter 1987) 15, here.


G. Wolfe, Right Minds: A Sourcebook of Conservative Thought, Reflections (Fall 1987) 4, here.


R. Cowden-Guido, Report from the Synod: John Paul II and Vatican II, Reflections (Summer 1986) 16.


C. Derrick, Too Many People? A Problem in Values, Crisis (May 1986) 54.


E. Egan, Such A Vision of the Street: Mother Teresa, Reflections (Summer 1985) =.


D. D'Souza, Falwell: Before the Millennium Reflections (Winter 1984) =.


R. Pack, Edward Bennett Williams, and V. Blasi, The Burger Court, Chronicles (Nov 1984) 9-11.


W. Rusher, The Rise of the Right, Reflections (Summer 1984) 13, here.


Note on James Hitchcock’s autobiographical essay in Hillsdale Review, Reflections (Spring 1984) 2.


B. Pines, Back to Basics: The Grassroots Movement, Reflections (Winter 1983) 8, here.


W. Stanmeyer, Church and State In Post Christian America, Reflections (Fall 1983) 15, here.


M. Wong, Nun: A Memoir, Chronicles (Sep 1983) 30-32.


J. Costanzo, Political and Legal Studies, in 2 vols, Reflections (Summer 1983) 18, here.


W. Gaylin, The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A question of justice, Chronicles (Mar 1983) 30-31.


J. Schall, Church, state, and society in the thought of John Paul II, Fidelity (Feb 1983) 27-28, here.


C. Rice, theory and practice of the secular state, Missouri Citizens Life News (Sep-Oct 1981) 3.


Academic and Professional Addresses

The Canonical Character of Amoris laetitia, Dunwoodie Seminary NY, 2 Mar 2017.


An Orientation to the Canon Law of Marriage, Augustine Institute (live video lecture), 12 Jan 2017.


Mercy and the Rule of Law, Canon Law Society of Nigeria, Warri Nigeria, 17 Nov 2016.


Common Fear and Matrimonial Nullity, Michigan Provincial Canon Lawyers, Detroit MI, 2 Sep 2015.


The Synod of Bishops at a Crossroads, Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Aviemore Scotland, 21 May 2015.


The Synod of Bishops, University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, 3 Mar 2014.


The Doctrine of Indulgences, Hillenbrand Lecture, St. Mary of the Lake Univ. Mundelein IL, 2 May 2013.


The Synod of Bishops, ATS/Lilly Theological Conference, Pittsburg PA, 23 Feb 2013.


The Revision of Penal Law, Conference for Canonists and Civil Attorneys, La Crosse, 10 Aug 2011.


Canon and Common Law, Catholic Lawyers Guild - Detroit, 16 Mar 2011.


The contributions of John Paul II to canon law, University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, 5 Mar 2007.


Introduction to the canonical achievements of John Paul II, Ave Maria School of Law, 16 Sep 2006.


Introducing the Incrementa in progressu, Catholic University of America, 11 Apr 2005.


Orientation to Canons 1055-1057, Ave Maria School of Law, 6 Apr 2005.


Introduction to Book VI: Sanctions, Ave Maria School of Law, 16 and 21 Apr 2004.


Associations of the faithful (live case analysis), Ave Maria School of Law, 11 Apr 2003.


The 1983 Code of Canon Law (faculty seminar), University of Dallas, 29-30 Mar1996.


The political biographies of Hilaire Belloc, Christianity and Literature Mid-East Conf., Oct 1984.


Thomas More's letters to his children, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Annual Convention, 22 Sep 1984.


Law and Literature, Pacific Union College, Mar 1984.


The Voting Rights Act and the Fifteenth Amendment, Claremont Graduate School, Fall 1983.


Christopher Dawson on prophetic witness, Dawson Society for Christian Culture, 18 Jun 1983.


General Talks

and Interviews


Marriage and Annulments, St. Mary Queen of Creation, New Baltimore MI, 30 Mar 2017.


An Introduction to Canon Law, Heart to Heart, Ann Arbor MI, 23 Apr 2015.


The Deaf Catholic Community as a Locus Theologicus, Deaf Priests Retreat (MI), 6 Sep 2013.


Conclaves, Popes, and the Mystical Body of Christ, Theology on Tap (Ann Arbor MI), 28 Feb 2013.


Orientation to Canon Law, Catholic Law Students Association, University of Michigan, 27 Jan 2009.


Jaroslav Pelikan on the Constitution (co-presenter), SHMS Faculty Colloquium, 29 Nov 2006.


Excommunication: an interview with Dr. Edward Peters, Ignatius Insight Scoop, 7 Nov 2006.


Canonical structures for the New Evangelization, SHMS Faculty Colloquium, 12 Apr 2006.


Papal conclaves (panelist), Ave Maria College, 14 Apr 2005.


Canon lawyer on the aftermath of the US clergy scandals, Zenit, 18 Jul 2003.


Priestly faculties controversy at National Shrine, Our Sunday Visitor, = Feb 2003.


Canon law and the protection of children, Zenit, 12 Dec 2002.


Just punishment for pro-abortion Catholic politicians, Catholic World Report, Feb 2002 =. here.


Canonization and beatification, St. Thomas More Parish, 26 Sep 1999.


Annulment: What’s it all about?, University of San Diego, 10 &17 Mar 1999.


Annulments, Mission Basilica San Diego, 27 Jan 1999.


Abortion Clinic Ministry (panelist), Diocese of San Diego Culture of Life Fair, 7 Nov 1998.


Overview of annulments, Mesa College of San Diego CA, 23 Sep 1997.


Introduction to canon law, Mission Basilica San Diego, 28 Feb 1996.


Chesterton's Ballad Lepanto, Chesterton Society of San Diego, 29 Apr 1995.


Introduction to G. K. Chesterton, Chesterton Society of San Diego, 28 Jan1995.


Canon law, St. Thomas More Association of San Diego, 4 Nov 1994.


Marriage and annulments, Mission Basilica San Diego, 23 Mar 1994.


The canonical structure of a diocesan pastoral council, Diocese of Duluth, Apr 1991.


The relationship between the Vatican II and the1983 Code, Diocese of Duluth, Feb 1991.


Universal governance structures of the church, Diocese of Duluth, Mar 1990.


When to call a civil lawyer, Dept. of Canon Law, Catholic University of America, Spring 1986.


Catholic education in the 1980s (panelist), Young Catholic Committee, Nov 1983.


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Understanding Bishop Paprocki's norms on 'same-sex marriage', Catholic World Report Dispatch (23 Jun 2017), here.


Canonical observations concerning the Diocese of Ahiara, Catholic World Report Dispatch (12 Jun 2017), here.


Questions in the wake of Cdl. Coccopalmerio's comments on Anglican orders, Catholic World Report Dispatch (10 May 2017), here.


Fake canon law goes on goin' on, Catholic World Report Dispatch (22 Apr 2017), here.


Sever 'canon law' from 'pastoral practice' and lots of things make sense, Catholic World Report Dispatch (14 Apr 2017) here.


Could a pope be in schism?, Catholic World Report Dispatch (4 Mar 2017), here.


A small but important point is at risk, Catholic World Report Dispatch (24 Feb 2017), here.


I am a lawyer not a mind-reader, Catholic World Report Dispatch (24 Feb 2017), here.


Canon 277 § 5 and the Chinese negotiations, Catholic World Report Dispatch (19 Feb 2017), here.


'Sexual relations' and 'conjugal relations' differ categorically, Catholic World Report Dispatch (16 Feb 2017), here.


Cardinal Coccoplamerio's blow upon a bruise, Catholic World Report Dispatch (14 Feb 2017,) here.


Restrictions on absolution are not so easily placed, Catholic World Report Dispatch (9 Feb 2017), here.


Compared to Malta the German bishops seem restrained, Catholic World Report Dispatch (2 Feb 2017), here.


When, please, were 'adulterers' actually 'excommunicated'?, Catholic World Report Dispatch (31 Jan 2017), here.


Do footnotes count?, Catholic World Report Dispatch (28 Jan 2017), here.


Maybe 'adjusting' Canon 915, Catholic World Report Dispatch (27 Jan 2017), here.


Three ways to not deal with Canon 915, Catholic World Report Dispatch (24 Jan 2017), here.


Discussing law with people who don't know what it actually says, Catholic World Report Dispatch (16 Jan 2017) here.


The Maltese directive makes answering the 'dubia' urgent, Catholic World Report Dispatch (15 Jan 2017), here.


The Maltese disaster, Catholic World Report Dispatch (13 Jan 2017) here; EWTN Great Britain (14 Jan 2017), here.


Is Keller's essay really the way Amoris should be read?, Catholic World Report Dispatch (7 Jan 2017), here; revised as "Conscience can't be the final arbiter on who gets Communion", Crux (9 Jan 2017), here.


A canonical primer on popes and heresy, Catholic World Report Dispatch (16 Dec 2016), here; EWTN Great Britain (20 Dec 2016), here.


Three thoughts on AEA letter, Catholic World Report Dispatch (14 Dec 2016) here; EWTN Great Britain (16 Dec 2016), here.


Cardinals in the Church have rights too, Catholic World Report Dispatch (29 Nov 2016), here; EWTN Great Britain (29 Nov 2016), here; Christifidelis 35/1 (31 Jan 2017) 1, 3.


Taking a page from the proportionalist playbook, Catholic World Report Dispatch (20 Oct 2016), here.


Yes, religious women 'marrying' each other is against canon law, Catholic World Report Dispatch (16 Oct 2016), here.


Time to head of confusion in Canada, Catholic World Report Dispatch (4 Oct 2016), here.


About the Catholic effect of Catholic baptism, Catholic World Report Dispatch (23 Sep 2016, here.


On the Buenos Aires directive, Catholic World Report Dispatch (13 Sep 2016) here; Christifideles 34/7 (11 nov 2016) 3.


If even Protestants think it's time, Catholic World Report Dispatch (12 Aug 2016), here.


Some canonical thoughts on VP Biden's recent deed, Catholic World Report Dispatch (3 Aug 2016), here.


Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction, Catholic World Report Dispatch (18 Jun 2016), here.


Pope Francis, marriage, and the missing middle term, Catholic World Report Dispatch (17 Jun 2016), here.


A Few notes on journalistic points made today, Catholic World Report Dispatch (17 Jun 2016), here.


Instruction, not insults, Catholic World Report Dispatch (17 Jun 2016), here.


The great majority of Christian marriages are valid, Catholic World Report Dispatch (16 Jun 2016), here.


Yes, the Eucharist is 'powerful medicine', which means..., Catholic World Report Dispatch (13 Apr 2016), here.


The slow decline of the Ordinary Magisterium, Catholic World Report Dispatch (11 Apr 2016), here.


The law before Amoris is the law after, Catholic World Report Dispatch (10 Apr 2016), here; reposted at Crux On-Line (11 Apr 2016) here; reprinted in Inside the Vatican (Jun-Jul 2016) 32-33.


First thoughts on the English version of Pope Francis' Amoris laetitia, Catholic World Report Dispatch (8 Apr 2016), here.


Canon law has never been the 'frame of reference' for the Church, Christifidelis 33/7 (29 nov 2015) 3.


Who is satisfied with Mitis Iudex?, Catholic World Report Dispatch (13 Sep 2015), here.


A first and second look at Mitis Iudex, Catholic World Report Dispatch (9 Sep 2015), here; reprinted as 'Canonical Basics: Mitis Iudex', Christifidelis 33/6 (4 Nov 2015) 3-4.


Pope Francis on reconciliation for abortion, Crisis On-Line (3 Sep 2015), here.



  • ATS/Lilly Theological Research Grant Recipient, Fall 2012.

  • Co-Contributor, Amicus Curiae Brief of Religious Tribunal Experts in re Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran, No. 10-553, Supreme Court of the United States, 20 June 2011 (Brief of the Week, National Law Journal).

  • Raising a Deaf daughter, The Holley Institute Newsletter (Spring 2009) 5.

  • Our decision on a cochlear implant, American Annals of the Deaf (Jul 2000) 263-267.

  • Call o’Ports Columnist [dessert wine reviews], Gilbert! : Jan-Feb 1999, p. 13 [Oporto]; Mar 1999, p. 15 [Oporto]; Apr-May 1999, p. 15 [Oporto]; Jan-Feb 2000, p.16 [Oporto]; Mar 2000, p. 14 [Oporto]; Apr-May 2000, p. 18 [Oporto]; June 2000, p. 20 [Sauternes]; July-Aug 2000 p. 20 [Sauternes]; Sep 2000, p. 20 [Tokaji]; Oct-Nov 2000, p. 22 [Tokaji]; Dec 2000, p. 22 [porto]; Jan-Feb 2001, p. 22 [Commandaria].

  • “Quick Question Column”, This Rock (Catholic Answers): Confirmation sponsors, May-June 2000, p. 45; Easter duty, Feb 2000, p. 46; Role of CDF’s new investigative norms, June 1999, pp. 46-47; Cardinals authority over bishops, May 1999, p. 45; Under what conditions may laity baptize? May 1999, p. 47; Nuns and gifts, Apr 1999, p. 41; Diabetics and Eucharistic fast, Mar 1999, pp. 40-41; Reacting to annulments, Dec 1998, p. 39; Deacons and political office, Nov 1998, pp. 41-42; Divorce, Communion, & Sunday obligation, Nov 1998, pp. 40-41; Priests and Latin, July-Aug 1998, p. 42; What counts as leaving the Church, June 1998, pp. 41-42; reprinted Oct 1999, p. 47; Vatican City State as a nation, Apr 1998, p. 41; reprinted July-Aug 1999, p. 45; Deacons and Anointing, Mar 1998, p. 40; reprinted July-Aug 1999, p.46; INRI and SPQR, Mar 1998, p. 42; reprinted Sep 1999, p. 41; Children and Anointing, Jan 1998, p. 40; Western Code vs. Eastern, May 1997, p. 42.; Convalidation of Protestant weddings, Apr 1997, pp. 36-37; Private vows, ministries, & disclaimers, Apr 1997, p. 36.

  • Beach novels and fine prose, Southern Cross (8 Feb 1996) 18-19; Investigation into alleged miracle, (7 Jun 1994); Film review: Shadowlands, (10 Feb 1994) 34, 16; 50,000 Irrelevant San Diegans, (27 Jan 1994) 37; The Gospel according to Herb? (17 Nov 1993) 3, 7; Film review: Leap of Faith, (21 Oct 1993) 36; A canonical case for [California] Prop. 174?, (7 Oct 1993) 3, 18.

  • Opera? For our kids?, Cheerful Cherub (Spring 1996) 2-3; Getting your children started in religious and classical music, (Spring 1995) 31-34.

  • “General Catholicism Q & A Column”, Southern Cross [Diocese of San Diego]: 17 Nov 1994, p. 24; 20 Oct 1994, p. 24; 06 Oct 1994, p. 26; 11 Aug 1994, p. 27; 07 July 1994, p. 26; 23 June 1994, p. 26; 09 June 1994, p. 26; 28 Apr 1994, p. 31; 14 Apr 1994, p. 27; 24 Mar 1994, p. 31; 10 Mar 1994, p. 27; 24 Feb 1994, p. 25; 10 Feb 1994, p. 26; 27 Jan 1994, p. 27; 13 Jan 1994, p. 24; 16 Dec 1993, p. 26; 02 Dec 1993, p. 25; 18 Nov 1993, p. 22.

  • DPC makes proposals for clear teaching, Outlook [Diocese of Duluth] (Apr 1985) 1; Permanent deacons: a ministry of service, (Apr 1985) p. 4; Catholic Scandinavia: discovering a lost gem, (Apr 1985) 5.

  • Of bombs, arguments, and good examples, Hillsdale Review (Winter/Spring 1985) 73-76; Shopping as a political statement, (Winter/Spring 1985) 95-97; Heavy labor for Innocent Smith, (Summer 1985) 58-62; Invincible ignorance, (Spring 1983) 40-42.

  •  Pictures in the press, Veritas (Dec 1983) 5-6; Serious jokes, (Oct 1982) 2-3; The Gospel challenge?, (Mar 1982) 1; All good things, (Feb 1982) 5-6.

  • The night the Trappists took me in, Ligourian (May 1982) 55-58; also in Catholic Digest (Aug 1982) 34-37.

  • The pope who stole 10 days, Catholic Digest (Jan 1982) 36-38.

  • How to win friends for the unborn, Missouri Citizens for Life News (Jan-Feb 1983) 3; Non-violent direct action continues, (May 1982) 1; At Mizzou: leaders debate before 200, (Dec 1981) 2.

  • Extended pro-life debate in two University of Missouri at Columbia campus papers: Campus Digest 26 Feb 82; Campus Digest 19 Feb 82; Maneater 18 Feb 82; Maneater 9 Feb 82; Campus Digest 22 Jan 82; Maneater 22 Jan 82; Campus Digest Sep/Oct 81; Maneater 25 Aug 81.

  • Q & A on the Human Life Amendment (broadsheet, Missouri Citizens for Life, 1981).

Quotations & Resourcing (selected)

Radio and Television Interviews (2005-2011)


Secular News: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, The Rocky Mountain News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Catholic News: Catholic World Report, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency, National Catholic Register, Zenit


Secular Other: Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Slate Magazine; Broadcast: The Dr. Phil Show, Geraldo at Large, Fox & Friends


Catholic Other: Crisis Magazine, Michigan Catholic, Catholic Parent, Couple to Couple League, This Rock, Catholic Servant, Christifidelis, Catholic Outlook, Catholic Faith & Family, Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland Newsletter, Southern Cross, Midwest Chesterton News, Jimmy Akin’s Defensor Fidei Blog, Ignatius Press InsightScoop Blog; Broadcast: Vatican Radio, Catholic Answers Live, Kresta in the Afternoon, Relevant Radio, Teresa Tomeo’s Catholic Connection, Johnette Benkovic’s Abundant Life, Mother Angelica Live, Sirius Catholic Radio.


Attestations (selected):

Dr. Edward N. Peters, a devoted and highly qualified student of Canon Law, has provided, in his Incrementa in Progressu 1983 Codicis Iuris Canonici, an invaluable tool for knowing the mind of the Legislator ... Those who are concerned with the right understanding and correct application of the canons of Church discipline owe a deep debt of gratitude to Dr. Peters for his latest work of canonical scholarship. For me, a pastor of the Church, Dr. Peters’ Incrementa will be a standard reference work. Cdl. Raymond Burke.


Researchers honor the memory of the late indefatigable Xavier Ochoa, who complied concordances to the conciliar documents and the 1983 Code, as well as the Leges Ecclesiae. Edward Peters is a benefactor in the same tradition. Fr. George Stuart


I recently heard it suggested that Edward Peters was 'the Roman Catholic Gerald Bray'. In many ways this is true. Both have undertaken momentous tasks which most of us would never wish to undertake ourselves, but we are continuously grateful that someone else has already done it for us. Paul Barber, barrister.


Dr. Peters should now himself be included among the important contributors in English to the study of the 1917 Code. It is difficult to envisage his volume ever being replaced by that of a different author .... Rev. Robert Ombres, op.


Edward Peters has a penchant for providing incredibly useful tools for the practice and study of canon law. Ben Nguyen, Chancellor




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Dr. Peters has developed one of the largest private collections of canon law in the United States (approx 3,000 volumes). He serves as a consultant to a wide variety of ecclesiastical institutions and persons, and is a very frequently quoted source in Catholic print and electronic media.


On a more personal level, he, his wife Angela, and their six children (ages 29-18), enjoy and contribute to the liberal arts and campus & community life. Their activities include American Sign Language, theatre and classic cinema, and alternative learning opportunities. They have hosted such things as musical recitals, Latin classes, dramatic readings, book clubs, star parties, and youth chess clubs.


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Canon Law is a vital component of ecclesiastical stability and a vehicle of renewal in the Catholic Church. Canon law possesses its own heritage and methodology but ultimately it derives its values from the teaching Church. In an engaging and respectful manner, I present canon law as the juridic element of a well-rounded theological education.