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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: church
Canon Law and Selling a Church
Q: Peace! Lately, members of a local sect had posted online their acquisitions of supposed Catholic parishes in the US and UK. I wonder if that is canonically lawful, selling Parish Churches especially to sects? —Chadwick
Canon Law and Closing a Parish
Q: The church I was baptized and confirmed in back home is closing down due to lack of attendance. What happens to the artifacts and all the official records when that happens? It makes me sad. I loved my parish… … Continue reading
When Can a Church be Used for Non-Liturgical Events?
Q: There are things taking place in the “sanctuary” of my parish church that I feel are inappropriate… and not in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The modern worship space was built in the early 1990s…. The … Continue reading
Posted in Other Canonical Questions, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, church, sanctuary, worship space Comments Off on When Can a Church be Used for Non-Liturgical Events?
Does Mass Have to be Said in a Church?
Q: Does a priest have to say Mass in a church? –Paula A: Now this is a simple question with an answer that is perhaps more complex than one would think! When Canon 897 states that the Eucharistic Sacrifice is … Continue reading
Does a Catholic Wedding Have to be Held in a Catholic Church?
Q: My daughter is getting married in June, to another Catholic. Our assistant pastor already agreed to perform the wedding, which will take place in our parish church. But now my daughter is thinking she’d rather have the wedding in … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage Tagged canon law, canonical form, Catholic, church, marriage, non-catholic Comments Off on Does a Catholic Wedding Have to be Held in a Catholic Church?