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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: decree
How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
Q: Our Archbishop issued a Decree requiring the St. Michael prayer be prayed after all scheduled Masses. For a variety of reasons, not every parish implemented the Decree and some don’t pray the prayer as directed. Now, after four years, … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Other Canonical Questions, Parish Life Tagged administrative, bishop, canon law, Catholic, decree, executive Comments Off on How Can You Obey a Law, If You Don’t Even Know It Exists?
How Can You Tell a Real Law from an Illegal Decree?
Q: In this period of such confusion in the Church, you sometimes point to the law as the final answer on the subject. Other times, though, you have criticized a law as being unjust and said that it must be … Continue reading
Posted in Other Canonical Questions Tagged canon law, Catholic, common good, decree, law, Thomas Aquinas Comments Off on How Can You Tell a Real Law from an Illegal Decree?