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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.
- Canon lawyers are not responsible for the content of canon law. The Supreme Legislator is. Only Pope Francis can change the Code of Canon Law, so if you're not happy with what the law says, please take it up with him.
Please check the Archives first–it’s likely your question was already addressed.
Unsigned/anonymous questions are not read, much less answered (why is it necessary even to mention this?).
Category Archives: Marriage
Q: I am Catholic and I was married to a Catholic for 20 years. She divorced me and I never expected to marry again. But then I met a woman who had also recently divorced. We decided to get married. … Continue reading
Q: My 26-year-old daughter is pregnant. She has been dating her boyfriend for over 4 years. They now want to marry when she completes the first trimester. All their documents are in place. The parish priest will not grant them … Continue reading
Q: I am Catholic, and was married with civil ceremony to my ex-husband…and we divorced the following year. Now older and hopefully wiser, I want to share the rest of my life with my current partner. We want to get … Continue reading
Q: My brother and I have a disagreement. We are both Catholic and have a decent understanding of what is required for a Catholic to marry outside the Church, including canonical form (which is well explained in some of your … Continue reading
Q: Out of academic curiosity I thought of asking this: how can we describe the marriage between Our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph in the light of present Canon Law? I’m not certain, but I have heard that the Church … Continue reading