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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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Tag Archives: bishop
Episcopal Celibacy and the Case of Bishop Antony
Q: Many priests and people of Mysore Diocese [in India] begged the Vatican for years to investigate the scandalous activities of their Bishop William Antony. The Bishop has many different mistresses and illegitimate children, and has [allegedly] stolen money from … Continue reading
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How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
Q: Our Archbishop issued a Decree requiring the St. Michael prayer be prayed after all scheduled Masses. For a variety of reasons, not every parish implemented the Decree and some don’t pray the prayer as directed. Now, after four years, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, Parish Life Tagged administrative, bishop, canon law, Catholic, decree, executive Comments Off on How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
Can a Catholic Sue the Church in Civil Court?
Q: Does a person have the right, both moral and legal, under canon law, to sue a Church Institution and/or the individuals in authority over the institutions in civil court, whether they be bishops or lay persons? In particular, I’m … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Rights of the Faithful Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, civil court, seminarian, sue Comments Off on Can a Catholic Sue the Church in Civil Court?
Can Church Officials Require Us to Get Vaccinated?
Q1: My daughter attends [a Catholic university whose president is a Catholic priest] and he announced that all students are required to get vaccinated against covid. We are stunned. Does a Catholic school, which I assume is governed by canon … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Rights of the Faithful Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, monastery, nun, priest, seminarian, university, vaccinated, vaccine Comments Off on Can Church Officials Require Us to Get Vaccinated?
The Enormous Loophole in Traditionis Custodes
Q: My fellow-parishioners and I are so shocked and hurt by the Holy Father’s deliberate destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass [in Traditionis custodes, his new motu proprio]…. Everyone agrees it’s so badly written, there are many internet articles explaining … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, Latin Mass, Pope, Roman Missal, Traditionis custodes Comments Off on The Enormous Loophole in Traditionis Custodes