Saturday, March 29, 2008

For those intrigued with tough Canon Law cases

by Steve Ray on March 29, 2008

Steven Sueppel should not be granted an ecclesiastical funeral

Dr. Ed Peters, my friend and Canon Lawyer writes: “One of the reasons we have rules is to help us guide our decision-making when circumstances make it difficult to think clearly. The horrific murder of the Sueppel family by their husband-father Steven, who then finally succeeded in killing himself, is nothing if not a difficult circumstance. My read, in any case, of 1983 CIC 1184.1.3, in light of the gruesome facts of this case, leads me to conclude that Steven Sueppel should be denied ecclesiastical funeral rites.” Read more it at:


Assisi, Mar. 20, 2008 ( – Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has announced his Christian faith openly, with a March 19 visit to pray at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.

Gorbachev– who has often shown deference toward Christianity, and was deeply impressed by a meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1989– said that he considered St. Francis a spiritual patron. "It was through St. Francis that I arrived at the Church, so it was important that I came to visit his tomb," he told reporters. The former Soviet leader spent about 30 minutes in prayer at the grotto in Assisi.

During his tenure as the last leader of the Soviet Union before its collapse, Gorbachev had held to the official Communist party doctrine of materialism. But he had been baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church, and rumors about his personal religious interests swirled even while he governed the Kremlin. After one private conversation with Gorbachev, the late President Ronald Reagan told an aide that he thought the Russian leader was "a closet believer."