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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: parish priest
What’s the Difference Between a Pastor, and a Parish Administrator?
Q: I read your piece about the pastor of a parish having to be a priest, not a layperson. That leads me to ask another question, what’s the difference between a pastor, and a “parish administrator”? The pastor of our … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, clergy, parish administrator, parish priest, parochial administrator, pastor Comments Off on What’s the Difference Between a Pastor, and a Parish Administrator?
When Can a Pastor be Removed From Office?
Q: In this article you mentioned in passing that a bishop can’t remove the pastor of a parish just because the pastor does something the bishop doesn’t like. Can you elaborate? I ask because in Wales a pastor was castigated … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Parish Life Tagged canon law, Catholic, ecclesiastical office, parish, parish priest, pastor Comments Off on When Can a Pastor be Removed From Office?
Our Priest Cancelled Our Wedding, So Who Else Can Validly Marry Us?
Q: My fiancé and I have been engaged for about a year, and long ago we had planned to marry on April 25. As you can probably imagine, our parish priest cancelled the wedding entirely, citing a directive from the … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, liceity, licit, marriage, parish, parish priest, valid, validity, wedding Comments Off on Our Priest Cancelled Our Wedding, So Who Else Can Validly Marry Us?
Why Is the Priest Telling Me Not to Talk to a Canon Lawyer?
Q: As you advised, I spoke to my parish priest [about the invalidity of my marriage] and he “kindly and strongly” advised me on a couple things: 1) That I should not even be discussing this with you because you … Continue reading
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