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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 Pope
Can Laypeople Hold Top Vatican Positions?
Q: My husband and I are hoping that you can clear up our confusion about the significance of this article … about Pope Francis reorganizing the different offices in the Vatican. It sounds to us like the Pope says that … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, Rights of the Faithful, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, clergy, laypeople, Lumen Gentium, power of governance, Praedicate Evangelium Comments Off on Can Laypeople Hold Top Vatican Positions?
What Are the Church’s Current Rules on Indulgences? (Repost)
(On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis will give the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing in St. Peter’s Square, and under the proper conditions Catholics can gain a plenary indulgence. So it seems appropriate to repost the Church’s rules on indulgences at … Continue reading
Posted in Other Canonical Questions, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, indulgences, papal blessing Comments Off on What Are the Church’s Current Rules on Indulgences? (Repost)
Can Traditional-Rite Priests be Forced to Say the Novus Ordo Mass?
Q: I am wondering if priests of Ecclesia Dei communities, such as the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, are subject to the diocesan bishop, specifically prohibitions against celebrating the Tridentine Mass… –Denise
Posted in Clergy Issues, Holy Mass, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, FSSP, ICKSP, Traditional Latin Mass, Traditionis custodes Comments Off on Can Traditional-Rite Priests be Forced to Say the Novus Ordo Mass?
Did Benedict XVI Cover Up Clerical Sexual Abuse?
Q: Can you please explain why in Germany they are attacking the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, claiming that he covered up child sexual abuse by priests when he was Archbishop of Munich? Can this be true? I cannot believe it … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, The Pope Tagged Benedict XVI, canon law, Catholic, Crimen sollicitatonis, Pope Emeritus, sexual abuse Comments Off on Did Benedict XVI Cover Up Clerical Sexual Abuse?
Founding New Religious Institutes: Pope Francis Changes the Law (Episcopal Authority, Part II)
Q: A group of us Catholics in our diocese have a lawfully erected lay institute that’s now almost 15 years old … [and] from the beginning it was our understanding that if it prospers, it might later be formed into … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, diocesan right, pontifical right, Pope Francis, religious institute Comments Off on Founding New Religious Institutes: Pope Francis Changes the Law (Episcopal Authority, Part II)