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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: parish
When (and How Much) Can a Bishop Tax a Parish?
Q1: We found out totally by accident that when we donate money to our parish for any purpose, the diocesan bishop takes more than 10% of it as a tax for diocesan expenses. Even when the parish takes up a … Continue reading
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?
Can We be Required to Wear Masks at Mass?
Q1: My question is simple. There is no requirement by my diocese that we must wear masks at Mass. Can a parish priest require it? –Bill Q2: We just received an email from our parish communications director stating that we … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful Tagged canon law, Catholic, masks, Mass, parish, parishioners Comments Off on Can We be Required to Wear Masks at Mass?
Can the Bishop Cancel Our Annual Parish Fundraiser, Because of the Virus?
Q: A recent discussion with a Protestant friend led me to do some research, and when I visited your website, I saw the many questions about the withholding of Sacraments from the faithful during COVID-19. I was absolutely shocked to … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Parish Life Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, fundraiser, parish, virus Comments Off on Can the Bishop Cancel Our Annual Parish Fundraiser, Because of the Virus?
Stressed-Out Shepherds and Ungrateful Parishioners
Q1: Our archbishop issued a decree that we parishioners can satisfy our Sunday Mass obligation on any other day of the week, as a way to lessen the number of people at Mass on Sundays, given that there is still … Continue reading
Posted in Holy Mass, Parish Life, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments, The Eucharist Tagged bishop, canon law, Catholic, dispensation, Mass, parish, parishioners, sacraments Comments Off on Stressed-Out Shepherds and Ungrateful Parishioners