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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: Marriage
What Happens when Canon Law Conflicts with Social Custom?
Q: My boyfriend and I are Catholics, living in [an Asian country]. I am 33 years old. We have wanted to get married for 8 years. However, due to strong cultural issues … my parents are against my marriage. Now … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, custom, marriage, parents, wedding Comments Off on What Happens when Canon Law Conflicts with Social Custom?
If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part II)
Q: I was married in a civil marriage, and we are still happily married. At the time, my husband was a baptized protestant (Baptist), and I was not baptized. Recently I became a Catholic. When I converted, it was my … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, marriage, non-catholic, valid, wedding Comments Off on If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part II)
Which Tribunal Has Authority to Annul My Marriage?
Q: I am Catholic and I was married to a Catholic for 20 years. She divorced me and I never expected to marry again. But then I met a woman who had also recently divorced. We decided to get married. … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged annulment, canon law, Catholic, invalid, marriage, Orthodox, tribunal Comments Off on Which Tribunal Has Authority to Annul My Marriage?
When Can the Parish Priest Postpone a Wedding?
Q: My 26-year-old daughter is pregnant. She has been dating her boyfriend for over 4 years. They now want to marry when she completes the first trimester. All their documents are in place. The parish priest will not grant them … Continue reading
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Why Would I Need an Annulment, Since My Civil Marriage Was Obviously Invalid?
Q: I am Catholic, and was married with civil ceremony to my ex-husband…and we divorced the following year. Now older and hopefully wiser, I want to share the rest of my life with my current partner. We want to get … Continue reading