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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
What’s the Difference Between a Pastor, and a Parish Administrator?
Q: I read your piece about the pastor of a parish having to be a priest, not a layperson. That leads me to ask another question, what’s the difference between a pastor, and a “parish administrator”? The pastor of our … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, clergy, parish administrator, parish priest, parochial administrator, pastor Comments Off on What’s the Difference Between a Pastor, and a Parish Administrator?
Confession, and General Absolution (Repost)
This piece has been reposted repeatedly over the years during the Christmas season–because incredibly, the illegal abuse of General Absolution by some parish clergy is still happening! Thus it makes sense to repost it yet again. A very happy and … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged absolution, canon law, Catholic, confession, general absolution, validity Comments Off on Confession, and General Absolution (Repost)
When Can a Layperson Be a Pastor of a Parish?
Q: My sister-in-law and I were having an innocent conversation about our parishes, and ended up in a huge fight. I made some comment like, “the pastor of a parish always has to be a priest,” and she went ballistic, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, layperson, moderator, parish, pastor Comments Off on When Can a Layperson Be a Pastor of a Parish?
Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
Q: I attended Sunday Mass while on vacation … the priest preached about the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Here are some of the statements he made. “We all need to receive this sacrament.” “Anointing is not just for … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Sacraments Tagged anointing of the sick, canon law, Catholic, extreme unction, invalid, validity Comments Off on Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
Opus Dei and Personal Prelatures
Q: My mom is a supernumerary [i.e., a lay member] in Opus Dei. She is freaking out because Pope Francis recently forced changes on Opus Dei’s leadership and now they have to change their statutes. She says that the Pope … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions Tagged canon law, Catholic, Opus Dei, personal prelature Comments Off on Opus Dei and Personal Prelatures