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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: Other Canonical Questions
How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
Q: Our Archbishop issued a Decree requiring the St. Michael prayer be prayed after all scheduled Masses. For a variety of reasons, not every parish implemented the Decree and some don’t pray the prayer as directed. Now, after four years, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, Parish Life Tagged administrative, bishop, canon law, Catholic, decree, executive Comments Off on How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
Opus Dei and Personal Prelatures
Q: My mom is a supernumerary [i.e., a lay member] in Opus Dei. She is freaking out because Pope Francis recently forced changes on Opus Dei’s leadership and now they have to change their statutes. She says that the Pope … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions Tagged canon law, Catholic, Opus Dei, personal prelature Comments Off on Opus Dei and Personal Prelatures
Can Laypeople Hold Top Vatican Positions?
Q: My husband and I are hoping that you can clear up our confusion about the significance of this article … about Pope Francis reorganizing the different offices in the Vatican. It sounds to us like the Pope says that … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, Rights of the Faithful, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, clergy, laypeople, Lumen Gentium, power of governance, Praedicate Evangelium Comments Off on Can Laypeople Hold Top Vatican Positions?
Leaving a Novice in Limbo
Q: Hello, I am a novice in [a religious institute in Rome]…. I have been a novice for ten years, and keep waiting for the novice master to decide that I can take my vows, but the time always gets … Continue reading
Posted in Other Canonical Questions, Rights of the Faithful Tagged canon law, Catholic, novice, novitiate, religious institute Comments Off on Leaving a Novice in Limbo
Canon Law and Making Private Vows
Q1: I was hoping you could answer a burning question of mine regarding vows and promises. Background info: I’m a young guy with OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder], I have a nasty habit of doing things I think are good and then … Continue reading
Posted in Other Canonical Questions Tagged canon law, Catholic, commutation, dispensation, spiritual director, vow Comments Off on Canon Law and Making Private Vows