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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: Annointing of the Sick
Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
Q: I attended Sunday Mass while on vacation … the priest preached about the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Here are some of the statements he made. “We all need to receive this sacrament.” “Anointing is not just for … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Sacraments Tagged anointing of the sick, canon law, Catholic, extreme unction, invalid, validity Comments Off on Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
Ecclesia Supplet: Making Invalid Sacraments Valid
Q: You mentioned in “Invalid Baptisms and Unaccountable Clergy” that when Father Hood [of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan] discovered that his own baptism was invalid and he was not a priest, that meant all the weddings, confirmations, and anointing … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Baptism, Confirmation, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, Ecclesia supplet, sacrament, valid, validity Comments Off on Ecclesia Supplet: Making Invalid Sacraments Valid
Can I Attend an SSPX Church, Since My Parish Is Closed?
Q1: In these trying times when our Archbishop is denying the sacraments to the faithful, what do you think of attending Mass at the nearby SSPX church? It’s my understanding that currently all their sacraments excepting marriage are licit. The … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Confession, Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged anointing of the sick, canon law, Catholic, confession, holy communion, Mass, Old Catholics, Orthodox, sedevacantist, SSPX Comments Off on Can I Attend an SSPX Church, Since My Parish Is Closed?
Can Catholic Children Receive the Last Rites?
Q: Some years ago, a good friend’s two-year-old daughter died of a congenital problem. Only recently she told me that when the priest came to see them all in the hospital when the girl was dying, they asked him to … Continue reading
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Can a Public Sinner Have a Catholic Funeral?
Q: When opera star Luciano Pavarotti died in Italy in 2007, he had a big funeral in a Catholic church. Lots of famous people attended, and the bishop was there. Even the Pope issued a statement saying positive things about … Continue reading
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