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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: confession
Confession, and General Absolution (Repost)
This piece has been reposted repeatedly over the years during the Christmas season–because incredibly, the illegal abuse of General Absolution by some parish clergy is still happening! Thus it makes sense to repost it yet again. A very happy and … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged absolution, canon law, Catholic, confession, general absolution, validity Comments Off on Confession, and General Absolution (Repost)
Repost: Is Confession Still an Easter Duty?
(This was written some time ago, but since it has become incredibly popular during the Lenten season, it seems worthwhile to bring it to readers’ attention once again. Note that declarations of a “pandemic” do not eliminate the clergy’s responsibility … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Parish Life, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, Easter duty, holy communion, penance, sacrament Comments Off on Repost: Is Confession Still an Easter Duty?
Re-post: Confession and General Absolution
(For years, readers have returned to this article again and again in the weeks just before Christmas, which would indicate that the problem it addresses still persists. And now that the Catholic faith and the Church’s sacramental life are being … Continue reading
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Can I Make My Confession Over the Phone?
Q: My question is regarding the Sacrament of Confession by phone. I have always taught that the Sacrament of Confession requires physical presence. I wanted to look up the specific requirement and how “physical presence” is described by the Church, … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, penance, phone, sacrament, telephone, valid Comments Off on Can I Make My Confession Over the Phone?
Can I Attend an SSPX Church, Since My Parish Is Closed?
Q1: In these trying times when our Archbishop is denying the sacraments to the faithful, what do you think of attending Mass at the nearby SSPX church? It’s my understanding that currently all their sacraments excepting marriage are licit. The … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Confession, Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged anointing of the sick, canon law, Catholic, confession, holy communion, Mass, Old Catholics, Orthodox, sedevacantist, SSPX Comments Off on Can I Attend an SSPX Church, Since My Parish Is Closed?