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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: college of cardinals
Sex-Abuse Scandals and Papal Responsibility
Q: What can we do, as lay faithful, to remove bad clergy from office? My guess is probably nothing. It’s hard to believe we are completely powerless under such extreme circumstances. Theologically, I understand why. But, doesn’t canon law ever … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, The Pope Tagged bishop, canon law, cardinal, Catholic, college of cardinals, McCarrick, Pope Francis, sexual abuse, Wuerl Comments Off on Sex-Abuse Scandals and Papal Responsibility
Why is Cardinal Mahony Voting in the Conclave?
Q: Could you please comment on the assertions by Cardinal Mahony [of Los Angeles, California] that he is required to participate in the upcoming conclave? Many Catholics are grouping to protest his participation. –Douglas A: Douglas is referring to the … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, The Pope Tagged canon law, Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal O'Brien, Catholic, college of cardinals, conclave Comments Off on Why is Cardinal Mahony Voting in the Conclave?
When Will the Conclave Start? Pope Benedict’s Final Legislative Act
Q: I read the article “Canon Law and the Upcoming Conclave” and it was really helpful, but I have another question now. The 15-day rule has now been revised by Pope Benedict, correct? If so, has he given a specific … Continue reading
Canon Law and the Upcoming Conclave
Q1: Can you please explain for us how the papal conclave will work? And are there any major aspects of it that will be different this time, because Pope Benedict is still living? –Leah Q2: Who can, and cannot, be … Continue reading
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