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POLI 2403- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 79 pages long!)


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI 2403
Professor
Bretzke
Study Guide
Final

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POLI 2403
FINAL EXAM
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28. Feb 17
Curious case of George:
Came from Dick Hill, SJ (taught at Berkeley, deceased)
Canon lawyer, pastorally oriented middle of the road
Most similar to current canon lawyer, Ladislas Orsy, who is one of the greatest in
Bretzke’s opinion → able to give an integrated canon law & pastoral response
Canon law should be for the health of souls
What Jesus was saying to Pharisees in Matthew: how the law mediated God’s
grace, righteousness; God’s righteousness is different than human concepts of
justice / righteousness
Learning outcomes:
Situation that should raise flags that you may not be able to puzzle out right now
What do you do in the confessional when you don’t have th answer → how do
you pastorally buy time?
What time do you need?
Consult phone -> expert in canon law could take 20 min to a few
days
What to say:
“Your case has some canonical issues I have to get some input on
-- can you come back in a few days?”
“This is a really complicated case, can we pray on it for a day or
two?”
“Mass is about to begin and I really would like to devote some
more time to this -- would you mind coming back after mass is
over to talk for longer? Feel free to go to communion during
mass.”
If anonymous, you are kind of screwed -- have to deal with then &
there since you don’t really know who they are
What NOT to say:
“Hmm I wonder if this is an impediment?”
“Wow that’s crazy!”
What NOT to do:
Ask local authority for expedited dispension → they’ll be able to
figure out who you are asking for and therefore an indirect break
of the seal of confession
Holy See dispensations that months
Dispensations:
Usually they are to ask for delegation to life a censure or penalty
Almost no reserved sins anymore → false denunciation of a priest is the only one
really (previous code had quite a few more)
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You can always absolve a penitent if it would be too hard to wait for a
dispensation -- even a day might be too long because if you die, it would be a
straight ride to hell
Firm purpose of amendment
Most troubling: I could give them a dispensation, but I won’t
Violates gravamen, Catholic moral tradition
If even then they insist on marrying, then priest involved in simulating a
sacrament
Omnia perata = priest may → Conn & Bretzke = if you may, you should
Have some desire not to repeat this sin -- even just the desire to have the desire
is ok → prima facie of firm purpose of amendment
Freely coming to confession → sufficient contrition, sufficient amendment,
sufficient willingness to do penance
If not “could you pray for the desire to amend?” → yes, then ok
Absolutely no desire = no absolution
If huge issue comes up and they wouldn’t leave, you can leave without giving
absolution
Bretzke: George shouldn’t get married next week
Have discussion with George
Don’t have to tell George the technical canon law
Occult = no paper trail
***Hill: everything in canon law is there because of historical precedent and the
fact it can be dispensed means in Church’s eyes it’s ok to celebrate the wedding
Class suggestions:
Healthy relationship -- sickness & health, both willing really to commit to that?
Slippery slope to assisted suicide
Canonical grounds for annulment (1095) -- priest can give evidence at tribunal
without breaking sela by just being vague & talking about other warning signs; if
no other warning signs, have to recuse due to gravamen
Say to George, “this is not a way to start a marriage and very serious -- I wonder
if you and Sylvia have the freedom to enter into this serious of a commitment”
If they break up in 7 years, Bretzke probably wouldn’t bring up an annulment
process (confidential process) until they came to ask about it → in Boston very
high percentage of successful annulment applications; if no grounds, then
couples are counseled not to even start this process
Grant absolution -- separate from whether or not to marry them (he’s sorry & says he
won’t do it again)
At the current moment, every priest has the right to grant absolution for a woman / man involved
in a case of abortion -- if a new Pope rescinds Francis’s expansion, the Jesuits and
Redemptorists will still probably have the right to absolve
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