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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.
- Canon lawyers are not responsible for the content of canon law. The Supreme Legislator is. Only Pope Francis can change the Code of Canon Law, so if you're not happy with what the law says, please take it up with him.
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Category Archives: Sacraments
If My Marriage is Annulled, Why Aren’t the Children Illegitimate?
Q: I read “Marriage and Annulment,” in which you state that “children who are born of a valid or of a putative marriage are legitimate,” and that “a putative marriage is one into which at least one of the spouses … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Sacraments Tagged annulment, canon law, Catholic, illegitimate, invalid, marriage, putative marriage Comments Off on If My Marriage is Annulled, Why Aren’t the Children Illegitimate?
Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
(Part I of this article was posted on April 28, 2022, and can be read here.) We have been discussing a scenario described to us by John, who wanted to know if his confirmation was administered invalidly. John was concerned … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Sacraments Tagged baptism, canon law, Catholic, confirmation, excommunicate, invalid, marriage, priest, schism, validity Comments Off on Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
Can Divorced Catholics Date, While Waiting for Their Annulment?
Q: I am a Catholic and recently divorced. I’m in the process of working through an annulment. The internet has a lot of opinions about whether divorced Catholics can/should date prior to annulment. From what I’ve read, I see nothing … Continue reading
Is My Annulment Invalid?
Q: I was raised Episcopalian. My first husband was baptized Catholic, but he never practiced his faith. Our marriage was civil. We moved to Europe, and later divorced. I remarried another lapsed Catholic, civilly, then decided I wanted to become … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged annulment, canon law, canonical form, Catholic, invalid, marriage Comments Off on Is My Annulment Invalid?
Getting Married on One’s Deathbed
Q: Sometimes people get married in the hospital, because one of the spouses is dying and they want to be married before that person dies. I’m assuming that in these unusual circumstances the Church’s strict canon laws can get relaxed. … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged canon law, canonical form, Catholic, deathbed, dispensation, impediment, marriage, wedding Comments Off on Getting Married on One’s Deathbed