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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?).
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Q: I am engaged to a non-Catholic. We want to have the wedding in December, during the Advent season. December is the only time when all my relatives are around due to the school holiday… My parish priest rejected my … Continue reading
Q: Our pastor implemented a new faith formation program. It is extremely rigorous and has been met with anger and frustration from all parents. In a nutshell, the program is “taught” by the parents…. There are pages and pages of … Continue reading
Q: What course do parishioners have to ask the bishop to correct, reprimand or otherwise relocate a priest who refuses to baptize children of parents that he doesn’t “recognize” as parishioners, even though they are on the parish roll? He … Continue reading
Q: In 1987, I was married in the Catholic Church. Both of us were Catholics. We civilly divorced after three years of marriage. In 1994, I explained the previous marriage situation to a priest who was helping me and my … Continue reading