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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: laicization
Can a Laicized Priest Return to the Priesthood?
Q: I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of X, and then left the priesthood to get married. Here I am sixteen years later, the marriage ended, no children. I have been reassessing my life … [and concluding that] … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Holy Orders, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, holy orders, laicization, laicized, ordination, priest, priesthood Comments Off on Can a Laicized Priest Return to the Priesthood?
Women’s Ordination and the Case of Roy Bourgeois
Q: I’m trying to figure out what is really going on in the case of Fr. Bourgeois, who was kicked out of the Maryknolls last year. The stories I read suggested that he was excommunicated and is no longer a … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions Tagged canon law, Catholic, excommunication, laicization, Maryknoll, Roy Bourgeois Comments Off on Women’s Ordination and the Case of Roy Bourgeois
Can a Priest Ever Return to the Lay State?
Q: I thought once a man was ordained a priest, he is always a priest. So how is it that some priests get permission to leave the priesthood and get married? Sometimes you hear about somebody being a “former priest,” … Continue reading
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