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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: What’s the difference between a nun and a consecrated virgin? I assumed the two terms were synonymous, until I read recently about a new Vatican document on the topic of consecrated virgins, and it sounds like they are something … Continue reading
Q: I have questions regarding books that are supposed to have Church approval on them. If a book deals with religion/morals and is being sold in a church, does it only need the Imprimatur, or does it need the Imprimatur … Continue reading
Q: When I was a child in Catholic school, the nuns all wore full habits which reached all the way down to the floor. Nowadays we’re lucky if they’ll even wear a cross that identifies them as a nun and … Continue reading
Q: There are things taking place in the “sanctuary” of my parish church that I feel are inappropriate… and not in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The modern worship space was built in the early 1990s…. The … Continue reading
Q1: I have a question regarding St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), when it falls on a Friday in Lent. A friend says that although a dispensation may or may not be given, one may dispense oneself due to the fact … Continue reading