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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.
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Category Archives: Other Canonical Questions
When Can a Bishop Intervene in a Lay Association of the Faithful?
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
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How Can You Tell a Real Law from an Illegal Decree?
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
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Contributing Financially to the Support of the Parish: A Precept of the Church
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
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Holydays of Obligation, Part II
Q1: It seems like this year  the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to December 9, Monday. So, we have a kind of double obligation. (I know that in some countries bishops lift the obligation in such cases, … Continue reading
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What’s the Difference Between a Nun and a Consecrated Virgin?
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
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