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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: confirmation
Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
(Part I of this article was posted on April 28, 2022, and can be read here.) We have been discussing a scenario described to us by John, who wanted to know if his confirmation was administered invalidly. John was concerned … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Sacraments Tagged baptism, canon law, Catholic, confirmation, excommunicate, invalid, marriage, priest, schism, validity Comments Off on Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
Do Catholics Have to be Confirmed Before Getting Married?
Q: In our parish RCIA program, I have a couple that were married civilly, but plan to marry next year in the Catholic Church back in her hometown. Both are baptized Catholic and have received Holy Communion, but neither has … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Confirmation, Marriage Tagged canon law, Catholic, confirmation, marriage, RCIA Comments Off on Do Catholics Have to be Confirmed Before Getting Married?
Can a Priest Administer the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Q: A friend’s husband is going to become a Catholic this year at the Easter Vigil. He wasn’t raised in any faith at all. My friend says that the pastor will administer three sacraments all at the Vigil Mass: baptism, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Confirmation Tagged canon law, Catholic, confirmation, priest Comments Off on Can a Priest Administer the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Parish Registration and Confirmation Sponsors
Q: My nephew asked me to be his confirmation sponsor. I’m required to provide a letter from my parish, stating that I am a registered parishioner “in good standing,” whatever that means. I attend Mass at my parish weekly and … Continue reading
Posted in Confirmation, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, confirmation, parish, sponsor Comments Off on Parish Registration and Confirmation Sponsors