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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: Sacraments
Q: My ex-husband and I are both Catholics. We got married in my parish church. We later were divorced but never got an annulment. Recently he got remarried in a civil ceremony. They went on their honeymoon to [a major … Continue reading
Q: If one or both of the parties to a marriage seeks an annulment in the Catholic Church, do the adult children of that marriage have any canonical rights to be informed of that process, involved in it, or have … Continue reading
Q: In a case where either bride or groom was inebriated at the time they exchanged vows, would the validity of the marriage take effect when the offending party regained sobriety? Let’s say they continued to live as husband and wife … Continue reading
Q: I am a Catholic who was married in a Hindu ceremony, and now we have a baby girl. We wish to baptize her in the parish, but our priest is refusing to do that, since our marriage was not sacramented [sic] … Continue reading
Q: I’m dating a guy who got an annulment, and I’ve been assuming all along that maybe we’ll end up getting married. Recently though I met his ex-wife totally by accident. She has already remarried in [the Catholic] Church. She … Continue reading