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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?).
- Are Catholics Supposed to Avoid Contact With Excommunicated Persons?
- Can a Child Be Baptized Catholic, If One Parent Strenuously Objects?
- Which Tribunal Has Authority to Annul My Marriage?
- If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage?
- When Can Parish Buildings be Rented Out for Secular Use?
- What’s the Difference Between a Cathedral Rector and a Parish Priest?
- What’s the Difference Between a Nun and a Consecrated Virgin?
- Does a Convert Become a Latin or an Eastern Catholic?
- What Makes a Baptism Catholic?
- Can the Pastor Set a Minimum Age for Baptism?
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