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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?).
- Why Is the Priest Telling Me Not to Talk to a Canon Lawyer?
- When Can You Get a Dispensation, and Who Can Grant It?
- When Can You Have a Catholic Wedding Without a Mass?
- How Can You Tell a Real Catholic Monastery From a Fake?
- Canon Law and the Private Ownership of Relics (Part II)
- Is My Confession Valid, If the Priest Changes the Words of Absolution?
- Who Decides What Constitutes a Valid Sacrament?
- Becoming (Or at Least Marrying) an Eastern Catholic
- Can a Priest Refuse to Hear Your Confession if He Knows You?
- Why Can’t These Priests Ever Celebrate a Valid Catholic Wedding?
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