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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: Sacraments
Preventing Desecration of the Eucharist
Q: My diocese has seen a spate of attempted thefts of the Eucharist. Usually this happens when someone receives the Host and tries to put It into his/her pocket. Once, though, someone approached a deacon with money and tried to … Continue reading
Posted in Crimes and Sanctions, Holy Mass, Parish Life, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, desecration, eucharist, holy communion, satanism, satanist Comments Off on Preventing Desecration of the Eucharist
Can I Become a Priest, If I Have an Illegitimate Child?
Q1: I have been discerning a call to the priesthood … [and] I have met with the vocations director and the bishop of this diocese. The bishop said I cannot be ordained a priest because I have a child out … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Holy Orders, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, illegitimate, ordain, ordination, priest Comments Off on Can I Become a Priest, If I Have an Illegitimate Child?
Can a Laicized Priest Return to the Priesthood?
Q: I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of X, and then left the priesthood to get married. Here I am sixteen years later, the marriage ended, no children. I have been reassessing my life … [and concluding that] … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Holy Orders, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, holy orders, laicization, laicized, ordination, priest, priesthood Comments Off on Can a Laicized Priest Return to the Priesthood?
Is Confession Still an Easter Duty? (Repost)
(Lately, given the season, there have been quite a lot of web-searches for “Easter duty” leading readers to this site–so it seems feasible to repost this piece again for everyone. A blessed Easter to all!) Q: When I was a … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Parish Life, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, Easter duty, holy communion Comments Off on Is Confession Still an Easter Duty? (Repost)
Is it Valid If I Marry Him Just For His Money?
Q: My oh-so-devout Catholic coworker is actively looking for a husband. She provides unsolicited updates on who she’s dating and what he’s like, etc. I began noticing that her descriptions of these men always include, first and foremost, his profession … Continue reading