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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: Confession
Can I Make My Confession Over the Phone?
Q: My question is regarding the Sacrament of Confession by phone. I have always taught that the Sacrament of Confession requires physical presence. I wanted to look up the specific requirement and how “physical presence” is described by the Church, … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, penance, phone, sacrament, telephone, valid Comments Off on Can I Make My Confession Over the Phone?
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?
Confession and General Absolution (Repost)
Reposting this piece is unfortunately becoming a Christmas tradition, since reports continue to surface of abuses of the Sacrament of Penance during this busy season. For that reason it may be worthwhile to read it once again. A very … Continue reading
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Can a Priest Ever Reveal What is Said in Confession? (Part II)
Q1: I would like to put before you a question with regards to revealing of confessional substance under the permission granted by the penitent. My question is “Whether by the penitent’s permission, a priest may reveal to another a sin … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Confession, Crimes and Sanctions, Parish Life, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, excommunication, sacramental seal, seal of confession Comments Off on Can a Priest Ever Reveal What is Said in Confession? (Part II)
(Repost:) Confession and General Absolution
Unfortunately, reposting this piece is almost becoming a Christmas tradition, since reports continue to surface of abuses of the Sacrament of Penance during this busy season. For that reason it may be worth reading it once again. A very … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, general absolution, penance Comments Off on (Repost:) Confession and General Absolution