Individual Autonomy

by Fr. Charles Irvin October,1998   For Outreach Mass TV talk to be broadcast on 1Nov98 I am grateful to the producers of this program who have permitted me to speak with you here both as a lawyer and as a priest in relation to Proposal B which will appear Continue Reading →

Assisted Suicide

by Fr. Charles Irvin May 12, 1998 Remarks For The Right To Life Of Michigan Assisted Suicide Public Forum I would like to begin with an examination of the nature of euthanasia, the so-called “happy death.” The classical understanding of euthanasia was that it was mercy killing, the voluntary ending Continue Reading →

He descended into hell…

    The Lord’s descent into the underworld Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and Continue Reading →


Reflections from Scripture and Theology                             ON MARRIAGE AND ANNULMENTS                          IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH   Rev. Fr. Charles E. Irvin, B.A., B.B.A., M.B.A., M.Div., J.D. Rev. Fr. Steven J. Raica, B.A., M.A., M.Div., J.C.L., J.C.D.   Note: Canon Lawyers no longer care to use the term “annulment”. They have Continue Reading →

Abortion & Politics

The stupendous American question of the 19th century was whether black slaves were legal persons entitled to the protection of the law or whether they were merely the property of their owners who could dispose of their lives as they wished. The equivalent question of our time is whether fetuses Continue Reading →

On Natural Law – Part I

by Fr. Charles Irvin May,1995 Natural Law is found in human reason; human reason discovers Natural Law. Natural laws are those first principles, those self- evident principles, that require no proof; that demand the assent of the human mind, unless it wishes to risk insanity; they are not simply the Continue Reading →

Give to Caesar…

by Fr. Charles Irvin October, 1996 [These observations were written for a homily given on October 20, 1996, the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year, in the Lectionary’s A-Cycle, the scripture passages being taken from Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21] One of the most vexing issues of our time, Continue Reading →