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About the authorCathy Caridi, J.C.L., is an American canon lawyer who practices law and teaches in Rome. She founded this website to provide clear answers to canonical questions asked by ordinary Catholics, without employing all the mysterious legalese that canon lawyers know and love. In the past Cathy has published articles both in scholarly journals and on various popular Catholic websites, including Real Presence Communications and Catholic Exchange.
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Category Archives: Parish Life
Q: Our parish priest (let’s call him Priest #1) retired, leaving the parish with a large amount of money before his retirement was announced. He volunteered to stay on as pastor emeritus and say some of the Masses at the … Continue reading
Q: We recently lost our priest and the priest from another church was named the administrator. Now there is internal fighting on who reports to whom and who’s in charge. I think that the DRE [Director of Religious Education] is … Continue reading
Q: My husband and I have a very difficult situation with our parish priest. He refused to allow our daughter to be baptized in 2013…. The Bishop declared that our baby should be baptized but the priest tried to delay things. The … Continue reading
Q: I witnessed a parish priest telling a parishioner not to attend prayer or assist at Mass at our parish, because he was “a distraction” to other parishioners, having what appear to be neurological seizures. Is a parish priest allowed … Continue reading
Q: I recently met a nice fellow, who wants to be catechist. I inquired a bit more into his faith life and learned that he attends Mass “at least once a month” that is not every Sunday, which shocked me. … Continue reading