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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.
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Author Archives: Cathy Caridi
Refusing a Funeral Mass to a Non-Parishioner
Q: At our parish the priest is very strict. If you aren’t registered as a parishioner, he won’t say a funeral Mass for you. However, he will let you have a funeral service with the deacon if you pay hundreds … Continue reading
Posted in Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged canon law, Catholic, funeral, funeral Mass, parish, parishioner, registered Comments Off on Refusing a Funeral Mass to a Non-Parishioner
Episcopal Celibacy and the Case of Bishop Antony
Q: Many priests and people of Mysore Diocese [in India] begged the Vatican for years to investigate the scandalous activities of their Bishop William Antony. The Bishop has many different mistresses and illegitimate children, and has [allegedly] stolen money from … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, celibacy, william antony Comments Off on Episcopal Celibacy and the Case of Bishop Antony
Is it Valid If I Marry Him Just For His Money?
Q: My oh-so-devout Catholic coworker is actively looking for a husband. She provides unsolicited updates on who she’s dating and what he’s like, etc. I began noticing that her descriptions of these men always include, first and foremost, his profession … Continue reading
Eastern Catholic Children Receiving Latin Catholic Sacraments
Q: The Syro-Malabar Eastern Catholic Church confers all sacraments of initiation [Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist] to infants. But many Syro-Malabar couples in the United States have their children baptized at their local Latin parishes—which would just be limited to baptism … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Confirmation, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged baptism, canon law, Catholic, Church sui iuris, eastern Catholic, First Communion, Latin Catholic Comments Off on Eastern Catholic Children Receiving Latin Catholic Sacraments
How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
Q: Our Archbishop issued a Decree requiring the St. Michael prayer be prayed after all scheduled Masses. For a variety of reasons, not every parish implemented the Decree and some don’t pray the prayer as directed. Now, after four years, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, Parish Life Tagged administrative, bishop, canon law, Catholic, decree, executive Comments Off on How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?