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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: Catholic Education
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
Catechetics and the Authority of the Parish Priest
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 of catechetics is “taught” by the parents…. There are pages and … Continue reading
Posted in Catholic Education, Clergy Issues, Confession, Parish Life Tagged canon law, catechetics, Catholic, parish, pastor Comments Off on Catechetics and the Authority of the Parish Priest
Excommunication and the Authority of the Parish Priest
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
Posted in Baptism, Catholic Education, Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged canon law, Catholic, excommunication, pastor Comments Off on Excommunication and the Authority of the Parish Priest
Who is Responsible for Children’s Religious Education?
Q: A group of us parents have complained to the pastor about the parish’s Director of Religious Education (DRE) without results. The DRE is a laywoman with complete control over the textbooks and curriculum used in catechism classes, and she … Continue reading
Posted in Catholic Education Tagged canon law, Catholic, DRE, parish, religious education Comments Off on Who is Responsible for Children’s Religious Education?
Can a Bishop Expel a Sister from his Diocese?
Q: There’s a battle going on in our diocese, between our bishop and a group of sisters who teach in X school…. Does the bishop have the authority to kick a sister out of the diocese, if her Mother Superior … Continue reading
Posted in Catholic Education, Other Canonical Questions Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, religious, sister Comments Off on Can a Bishop Expel a Sister from his Diocese?