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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: Rights of the Faithful
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
Should We Contact the Papal Nuncio?
Q: Our pastor is being attacked by the bishop…. Is it better to contact the Vatican directly, or do you think we should go through the papal nuncio? –Tess
Posted in Other Canonical Questions, Rights of the Faithful, The Pope Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, legate, papal nuncio, Pope Comments Off on Should We Contact the Papal Nuncio?
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
Posted in Other Canonical Questions, Rights of the Faithful Tagged association of the faithful, bishop, canon law, Catholic, lay association Comments Off on When Can a Bishop Intervene in a Lay Association of the Faithful?
Altar Girls and the Pope’s New Document
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
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged acolyte, altar girl, canon law, Catholic, lector, ministrie, minor orders, Spiritus Domini Comments Off on Altar Girls and the Pope’s New Document
Do Children Have to Make Their First Communion at Their Own Parish?
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
Posted in Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, First Communion, First Holy Communion, first penance, parish Comments Off on Do Children Have to Make Their First Communion at Their Own Parish?