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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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Tag Archives: canonical form
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
Why Would a Wedding in Our College Chapel be Invalid?
Q: My girlfriend and I decided to get married next year. She wants to have the wedding in the chapel at the Catholic college where we both studied. She already talked to the chaplain in the Campus Ministry Office, and he … Continue reading
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Can a Catholic Ever Elope?
Q: What does canon law say about Catholics eloping? I understand the issue from the perspective of the sacramental theology of the Church, but was wondering if canon law had anything to say about it, if a Catholic really wants … Continue reading
Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part II
(Part I of this article on the SSPX was posted on August 1, 2013, and can be read here.) We’ve been looking at the sacraments administered by priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), an institute which, despite … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Confession, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged canon law, canonical form, Catholic, sacraments, SSPX, validity Comments Off on Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part II