The limits of secular law

May 19, 2011

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92 Constitutional LawBecause law knows no heresy and is committed to support of no dogma or establishment of any sect, secular law cannot determine: (1) criminal penal ecclesiastical violations; (2) schism; (3) whether church law is violated by establishing separate church; (4) whether one has misrepresented Roman Catholic faith; (5) whether, in matters of church dogma, one is fanatic or has neolithic frame of mind; (6) whether one is duping the faithful; (7) whether one causes others to lose their souls; (8) whether one is disloyal to Pope; or (9) whether one must be excommunicated to save other souls.
O’Connor v. Diocese of Honolulu, 885 P.2d 361 (Haw. 1994)