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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: Holy Mass
Can Traditional-Rite Priests be Forced to Say the Novus Ordo Mass?
Q: I am wondering if priests of Ecclesia Dei communities, such as the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, are subject to the diocesan bishop, specifically prohibitions against celebrating the Tridentine Mass… –Denise
Posted in Clergy Issues, Holy Mass, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, FSSP, ICKSP, Traditional Latin Mass, Traditionis custodes Comments Off on Can Traditional-Rite Priests be Forced to Say the Novus Ordo Mass?
When are Priests Required to Give a Homily?
Q: When does a priest have to preach at Mass? My wife and I attend daily Mass at the cathedral, where there are three priests who take turns saying the Mass. One of them preaches every single day, with no … Continue reading
Retranslating the Liturgy: Pope Francis Changes the Law (Episcopal Authority, Part I)
Q: Some ladies at our parish are all aflutter because they read somewhere that the Vatican has changed the rules on translation of liturgical rites into the vernacular. Specifically, bishops are now permitted to translate the Mass and other rites … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Other Canonical Questions, Sacraments, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, Liturgiam authenticam, liturgical books, Magnum principium, translation Comments Off on Retranslating the Liturgy: Pope Francis Changes the Law (Episcopal Authority, Part I)
When is it Okay to Go to an SSPX Mass?
Q: My parents (devout Catholics) have been attending an SSPX Mass on Sundays. I have always understood that SSPX churches are not licit options for a Roman Catholic. I have read your posts, and showed them to my parents, but … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Confession, Crimes and Sanctions, Holy Mass, Parish Life, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, Mass, schism, schismatic, SSPX Comments Off on When is it Okay to Go to an SSPX Mass?
The Enormous Loophole in Traditionis Custodes
Q: My fellow-parishioners and I are so shocked and hurt by the Holy Father’s deliberate destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass [in Traditionis custodes, his new motu proprio]…. Everyone agrees it’s so badly written, there are many internet articles explaining … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, Latin Mass, Pope, Roman Missal, Traditionis custodes Comments Off on The Enormous Loophole in Traditionis Custodes