When canonists dream
What do canonists dream about, you may wonder? I can only speak for this canonist, but this morning I awoke from a tangled plot that hinged on the applicability of canon 1090 if the plotted conjugicide is not yet carried out. That is, if a conspiracy to murder one’s spouse predates the marriage, does such a malicious intent invalidate the marriage even before the spouse is murdered?
I think that canon 1090 cannot be said to apply in this particular circumstance, since the canon very specifically indicates that it is the subsequent marriage that is invalidated by the crime, that is, the marriage which the murder ostensibly freed one of the parties to enter. In light of canon 18, I think canon 1090 must be interpreted strictly, and so can in no way be extended by analogy in such a case.
That being said, I think that if such a plot were made known, and the first marriage ended in divorce before the spouse who was being plotted against was killed, a strong case for simulation of matrimonial consent, either total or against the good of the spouse, could be made. And now on to breakfast.
I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France, parks his bicycle as he arrives for the fourth day of general congregation meetings in the synod hall at the Vatican on March 7. Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear had a bit of fun with it by tweeting:
“I love that Lyon’s Cardinal rides bike to Vatican. I’d love it more if he traded briefcase for basket with baguette.”
(Photo by Paul Haring/ ©2013 Catholic News Service)
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
This is just wonderful. I’m sure many will think this unbecoming of a prelate of such rank, but I say phooey to them.
Jose Canseco on the Papacy
I am glad that so distinguished a commentator as Jose Canseco has weighed in already on today’s Papal news:
Why are all the Popes old men?They need younger strong men or women to be popes with energy that can last a while and get stuff done.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 11, 2013