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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: divorced
If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part I)
Q1: Can I be received into the Catholic Church if I was not married by a Catholic priest? –Rachel Q2: I was divorced from a Catholic in 2012. Our marriage was not in a Catholic Church nor administered by the … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Sacraments Tagged baptism, canon law, Catholic, divorced, marriage, valid Comments Off on If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part I)
Divorced Catholics and the Eucharist
Q: What does canon law really say about divorced people receiving Holy Communion? –Sean A: The issue of who may, and who may not, receive the Eucharist lawfully is a canonical question with deep theological roots. Consequently, the Church has … Continue reading
Posted in Rights of the Faithful, The Eucharist Tagged canon law, Catholic, divorced, eucharist, holy communion Comments Off on Divorced Catholics and the Eucharist
Do Lapsed Catholics Marry Validly Outside the Church?
Q: I was raised Catholic, but in my 20’s I fell in love with a Baptist woman and started attending her church with her on Sundays. Eventually we got married in the Baptist church. Later our marriage fell apart and … Continue reading