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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.
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Category Archives: Catholic Education
Is Every Catholic Church a Parish?
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
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Was Theologian Hans Küng Ever Excommunicated?
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
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Index of Forbidden Books
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
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Can Children Make their First Communion Before their First Confession?
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
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Notre Dame, Obama, and the Bishop’s Authority
Q: We all know that the bishop of the diocese where the University of Notre Dame is located wouldn’t go to graduation in 2009 because President Obama was coming. But why didn’t he simply forbid the school to allow Obama … Continue reading
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