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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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Category Archives: Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics
Is My Annulment Invalid?
Q: I was raised Episcopalian. My first husband was baptized Catholic, but he never practiced his faith. Our marriage was civil. We moved to Europe, and later divorced. I remarried another lapsed Catholic, civilly, then decided I wanted to become … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged annulment, canon law, canonical form, Catholic, invalid, marriage Comments Off on Is My Annulment Invalid?
Catholic Schools With Non-Catholic Students
Q1: My children attend a Catholic secondary school [run by a religious institute]. At the first Mass of the year, it was announced that an Anglican vicar would be available to distribute Communion to Anglicans or people from other denominations … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Catholic Education, Holy Mass Tagged altar server, canon law, Catholic, Catholic school, extraordinary minister, lector, Mass, non-catholic Comments Off on Catholic Schools With Non-Catholic Students
Can I Attend an SSPX Church, Since My Parish Is Closed?
Q1: In these trying times when our Archbishop is denying the sacraments to the faithful, what do you think of attending Mass at the nearby SSPX church? It’s my understanding that currently all their sacraments excepting marriage are licit. The … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Confession, Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged anointing of the sick, canon law, Catholic, confession, holy communion, Mass, Old Catholics, Orthodox, sedevacantist, SSPX Comments Off on Can I Attend an SSPX Church, Since My Parish Is Closed?
If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part III)
Q: Neither me or my wife are baptized, but we both desire to be and plan on going through the RCIA process in order to do so. I believe I understand that our marriage is valid according to natural law … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, marriage, non-catholic, wedding Comments Off on If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part III)
Why Can’t an Ex-Catholic Marry Validly Outside the Church?
Q: Over ten years ago, there were two weddings of ex-Catholic friends outside the Church that I decided to attend, because I considered their membership in other Christian denominations to be a formal renunciation of the Church. I figured that … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged annulment, canon law, Catholic, marriage, validity, wedding Comments Off on Why Can’t an Ex-Catholic Marry Validly Outside the Church?