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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: excommunicate
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)
How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part II)
Q: A man at our parish took the Eucharist home and [desecrated It], and now refuses to hand the Host over to the priest or even admit that what he did is wrong. We know that our clergy are actively … Continue reading
Posted in Crimes and Sanctions Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, excommunicate, excommunication, sanction Comments Off on How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part II)
Are Catholics Supposed to Avoid Contact With Excommunicated Persons?
Q1: A friend of mine who was raised evangelical, but has recently decided to join the Church, asked me about the Church’s rules (or potential lack thereof) regarding social interaction with excommunicated people. He was raised in a church which, … Continue reading
Posted in Crimes and Sanctions Tagged canon law, Catholic, excommunicate, excommunication Comments Off on Are Catholics Supposed to Avoid Contact With Excommunicated Persons?
Could a Pope Ever Be Excommunicated? (“Excommunication” Defined)
Q: There are certain enumerated acts which trigger automatic, latae sententiae excommunication. Some of these acts could conceivably be performed by a Pope; for instance, it seems a Pope could help procure an abortion. Is it, then, theoretically possible for a Pope … Continue reading
Posted in Crimes and Sanctions, The Pope Tagged canon law, Catholic, excommunicate, excommunication, Pope Comments Off on Could a Pope Ever Be Excommunicated? (“Excommunication” Defined)
Will Australian Priests Be Forced to Violate the Seal of Confession?
Q: I know that priests aren’t allowed to reveal what people tell them in confession. But what happens in places where reporting sexual abuse of children is mandated by law? They’re talking about making it a legal requirement now in … Continue reading
Posted in Confession Tagged Australia, Bishop Robinson, canon law, Catholic, excommunicate, seal of confession Comments Off on Will Australian Priests Be Forced to Violate the Seal of Confession?