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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
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
Q: My wife, preschool son and I regularly attend Sunday Mass at the Shrine of –. My wife and I also go to confession there regularly. Our son will be starting school next year… we discovered that there is no … Continue reading
Q: I just saw a news story that said Hans Küng, the controversial theologian, is retiring. It didn’t say anything about him still being under excommunication for his heretical teaching, though, so I’m wondering whether he retracted his heresies and … Continue reading
Q: Since there isn’t an Index of Forbidden Books any more (or at least I assume there isn’t), does canon law say anything about books that Catholics are not supposed to read? Or does the Church hold that we can … Continue reading
Q: A friend of mine teaches CCD, I think fifth or sixth grade. Mid-year she got a new student who had just moved into town, and she discovered that he had never, ever been to confession! He had made his … Continue reading