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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
What’s the Difference Between a Pastor, and a Parish Administrator?
Q: I read your piece about the pastor of a parish having to be a priest, not a layperson. That leads me to ask another question, what’s the difference between a pastor, and a “parish administrator”? The pastor of our … Continue reading
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When Can a Layperson Be a Pastor of a Parish?
Q: My sister-in-law and I were having an innocent conversation about our parishes, and ended up in a huge fight. I made some comment like, “the pastor of a parish always has to be a priest,” and she went ballistic, … Continue reading
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Receiving Holy Communion Outside of Mass
Q: At my parish the priests will give people Holy Communion at any time of day, if they were unable for some reason to attend daily Mass. I always assumed this was the norm. But I was travelling this summer, … Continue reading
Posted in Parish Life, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, eucharist, holy communion, Mass Comments Off on Receiving Holy Communion Outside of Mass
When is it Okay to Go to an SSPX Mass?
Q: My parents (devout Catholics) have been attending an SSPX Mass on Sundays. I have always understood that SSPX churches are not licit options for a Roman Catholic. I have read your posts, and showed them to my parents, but … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Confession, Crimes and Sanctions, Holy Mass, Parish Life, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, Mass, schism, schismatic, SSPX Comments Off on When is it Okay to Go to an SSPX Mass?
The Enormous Loophole in Traditionis Custodes
Q: My fellow-parishioners and I are so shocked and hurt by the Holy Father’s deliberate destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass [in Traditionis custodes, his new motu proprio]…. Everyone agrees it’s so badly written, there are many internet articles explaining … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, Latin Mass, Pope, Roman Missal, Traditionis custodes Comments Off on The Enormous Loophole in Traditionis Custodes