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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?).
- What Makes a Mass Invalid? (Part II)
- What Makes a Mass Invalid? (Part I)
- Discovering an Impediment Right Before the Wedding
- What Happens when Canon Law Conflicts with Social Custom?
- If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part II)
- How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part II)
- How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part I)
- Can a Priest Ever Reveal What is Said in Confession? (Part II)
- Are Catholics Supposed to Avoid Contact With Excommunicated Persons?
- Can a Child Be Baptized Catholic, If One Parent Strenuously Objects?
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