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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.
Please check the Archives first–it’s likely your question was already addressed.
Unsigned/anonymous questions are not read, much less answered (why is it necessary even to mention this?).
Category Archives: Other Canonical Questions
Q1: Suppose a parishioner donates an article, such as a crucifix, for the church’s main Crucifix, and it is accepted for that use and purpose. Does canon 1300, or any other canon, say anything about whether another pastor can decide … Continue reading
Q: Our pastor is being attacked by the bishop…. Is it better to contact the Vatican directly, or do you think we should go through the papal nuncio? –Tess
Q: Greetings! We have a certain Lay Association of Catholic Faithful in our diocese. The association has a spiritual director appointed by the bishop. That spiritual director suspended a member from the association, on the grounds of erroneous doctrinal teachings, … Continue reading
Q: In this period of such confusion in the Church, you sometimes point to the law as the final answer on the subject. Other times, though, you have criticized a law as being unjust and said that it must be … Continue reading
Q1: Wondering if you would comment on this article? The author urged Catholics in America not to give a cent to our parishes so long as they are closed because of coronavirus. He also says more generally that we shouldn’t … Continue reading