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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: celibacy
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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Celibacy and the Priesthood
Q: If Catholic priests have to embrace celibacy, how is it possible for married converts from the Episcopal church to be ordained Catholic priests? This doesn’t make any sense to me. –Phil A: Phil is referencing the Apostolic Constitution signed … Continue reading