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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
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
Altar Girls and the Pope’s New Document
Q: With the Pope’s Spiritus Domini document, the girls of our country are enthusiastic in becoming altar girls. But after reading your article “Canon Law and Altar Girls” and Spiritus Domini, I understood that the Acolyte and Lector ministries which … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged acolyte, altar girl, canon law, Catholic, lector, ministrie, minor orders, Spiritus Domini Comments Off on Altar Girls and the Pope’s New Document
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
Canon Law and the Mass Pro Populo
Q: At my parish, the same Sunday Mass used always to be the one celebrated by the pastor pro populo. No stipend was ever taken for that Mass because it was not for anyone’s personal intention. In the past few … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, Mass, parish, pro populo Comments Off on Canon Law and the Mass Pro Populo
Canon Law and Arriving Late for Mass
Q1: If you’re late for Mass on Sunday, how late is too late? As a child I was told you can’t miss the Gospel. Later in life I heard you can’t miss the Offertory. If you do miss the Gospel/Offertory, … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged canonlaw, Catholic, Communion, late, Mass Comments Off on Canon Law and Arriving Late for Mass