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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: Parish Life
Q: I am president of a student organization associated with our local diocese, which is served by a chaplain, and occasionally Mass is celebrated. In the past, the Mass has been celebrated on our college campus, in a general-use chapel, … Continue reading
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
Q1: My youngest daughter is ready for first communion. She has attended the catechism classes, she has done all the required steps. Our priest is also a friend and knows that very well. He has given communion to our five older children. Yet, … Continue reading
(This was written some time ago, but since it has become incredibly popular during the Lenten season, it seems worthwhile to bring it to readers’ attention once again. Note that declarations of a “pandemic” do not eliminate the clergy’s responsibility … Continue reading