canon lawyer

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Capella is a canon lawyer, and is listed online as having written a 2003 paper for the Pontifical Lateran University on priestly celibacy and the church's criminal code. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Vatican court jails ex-diplomat Italian priest Carlo Alberto Capella for child porn," 23 June 2018 The Diocese of Baker needed a canon lawyer in the late 1990s. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Father Faucher's fall from grace: Once a respected priest, now he holds Mass in jail," 4 June 2018 But some of the passages seemed intended as a rebuke to the canon lawyers and archconservative cardinals leading the opposition to Pope Francis. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing," 9 Apr. 2018 As a canon lawyer, Faucher sometimes represented other priests, such as in 2014 regarding a priest who had been removed from a parish in Bend, Oregon, for undisclosed reasons. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Retired Boise, Idaho priest had 100s of child porn images | Idaho Statesman," 5 Feb. 2018 Faucher, who has been retired for 3 years, has a long history in the Treasure Valley as a priest, activist and canon lawyer. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Former Boise priest due in court Monday on 11 felonies, most of them sex charges," 4 Feb. 2018 Under canonical proceedings, the ruling was made by three canon lawyers and judges from outside the diocese following a trial. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menasha priest found not guilty of sexual abuse of a child in church trial," 23 Sep. 2017

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