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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: excommunication
When Does Disobedience Constitute Schism?
Q: I am president of a student organization associated with our local diocese, which is served by a chaplain, and occasionally Mass is celebrated. In the past, the Mass has been celebrated on our college campus, in a general-use chapel, … Continue reading
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Are We Under Interdict? Sanctions, Part V
Q: Are we under interdict, and if so what kind? This website taught me everything I know about interdicts. They way I read the article, here in [my diocese] we are under particular local interdict: Public liturgy cancelled, throughout the whole … Continue reading
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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
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How Does an Excommunicated Catholic Have the Sanction Lifted? (Part I)
Q: What does an excommunicated Catholic need to do, to return to full communion with the Catholic Church? –Lauren
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Can a Priest Ever Reveal What is Said in Confession? (Part II)
Q1: I would like to put before you a question with regards to revealing of confessional substance under the permission granted by the penitent. My question is “Whether by the penitent’s permission, a priest may reveal to another a sin … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Confession, Crimes and Sanctions, Parish Life, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, confession, excommunication, sacramental seal, seal of confession Comments Off on Can a Priest Ever Reveal What is Said in Confession? (Part II)