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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: The Eucharist
Preventing Desecration of the Eucharist
Q: My diocese has seen a spate of attempted thefts of the Eucharist. Usually this happens when someone receives the Host and tries to put It into his/her pocket. Once, though, someone approached a deacon with money and tried to … Continue reading
Posted in Crimes and Sanctions, Holy Mass, Parish Life, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, desecration, eucharist, holy communion, satanism, satanist Comments Off on Preventing Desecration of the Eucharist
Is Confession Still an Easter Duty? (Repost)
(Lately, given the season, there have been quite a lot of web-searches for “Easter duty” leading readers to this site–so it seems feasible to repost this piece again for everyone. A blessed Easter to all!) Q: When I was a … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Parish Life, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, Easter duty, holy communion Comments Off on Is Confession Still an Easter Duty? (Repost)
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
Receiving Holy Communion Outside of Mass
Q: At my parish the priests will give people Holy Communion at any time of day, if they were unable for some reason to attend daily Mass. I always assumed this was the norm. But I was travelling this summer, … Continue reading
Posted in Parish Life, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, eucharist, holy communion, Mass Comments Off on Receiving Holy Communion Outside of Mass
Can We Receive Holy Communion Twice on Christmas Day? (Repost)
Dear Readers, the era of rampant virus-hysteria and wholesale violation of the rights of the faithful to Mass and the sacraments has not ended! This year, Catholics in some parts of the world (see this article about Berlin, Germany, for … Continue reading
Posted in Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, Christmas, holy communion Comments Off on Can We Receive Holy Communion Twice on Christmas Day? (Repost)