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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: Confirmation
Eastern Catholic Children Receiving Latin Catholic Sacraments
Q: The Syro-Malabar Eastern Catholic Church confers all sacraments of initiation [Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist] to infants. But many Syro-Malabar couples in the United States have their children baptized at their local Latin parishes—which would just be limited to baptism … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Confirmation, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged baptism, canon law, Catholic, Church sui iuris, eastern Catholic, First Communion, Latin Catholic Comments Off on Eastern Catholic Children Receiving Latin Catholic Sacraments
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
Adopting Children of Another Faith (Eastern Churches, Part II)
Q: Although my husband and I are Roman Catholics, we have attended a Byzantine parish for many years. We adopted four children as infants from Eastern Europe. The orphanage director gave us their baptismal certificates written in Russian, and told … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Confirmation, Sacraments Tagged adopt, baptize, canon law, Catholic, chrismate, eastern Comments Off on Adopting Children of Another Faith (Eastern Churches, Part II)
Do Catholics Have to be Confirmed Before Getting Married?
Q: In our parish RCIA program, I have a couple that were married civilly, but plan to marry next year in the Catholic Church back in her hometown. Both are baptized Catholic and have received Holy Communion, but neither has … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Confirmation, Marriage Tagged canon law, Catholic, confirmation, marriage, RCIA Comments Off on Do Catholics Have to be Confirmed Before Getting Married?
Can a Priest Administer the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Q: A friend’s husband is going to become a Catholic this year at the Easter Vigil. He wasn’t raised in any faith at all. My friend says that the pastor will administer three sacraments all at the Vigil Mass: baptism, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Confirmation Tagged canon law, Catholic, confirmation, priest Comments Off on Can a Priest Administer the Sacrament of Confirmation?