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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.
- Canon lawyers are not responsible for the content of canon law. The Supreme Legislator is. Only Pope Francis can change the Code of Canon Law, so if you're not happy with what the law says, please take it up with him.
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Tag Archives: Mass
Q: At my parish, the same Sunday Mass used always to be the one celebrated by the pastor pro populo. No stipend was ever taken for that Mass because it was not for anyone’s personal intention. In the past few … Continue reading
Q1: If you’re late for Mass on Sunday, how late is too late? As a child I was told you can’t miss the Gospel. Later in life I heard you can’t miss the Offertory. If you do miss the Gospel/Offertory, … Continue reading
Q1: I recently received notice from a local parish that since the state has ordered that no more than ten people may attend any religious service, there will only be one Mass on Sunday. It said a priest can only … Continue reading
Q: I am a member of the Maronite [Catholic] Church. I was recently invited to a Latin-rite Mass on a Sunday for the celebration of a number of women religious 50+ years of consecrated life. The Mass took place at … Continue reading
Q: The priests of our parish have been [illegally refusing us the sacraments], so we wrote respectfully to our Bishop. We quoted some canons which you discussed in your articles. The Bishop replied to our letter and defended the priests. … Continue reading