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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: politician
Can Priests Hold Public Office?
Q: Aren’t priests forbidden to hold political office? I thought they were, but then I read that the government of Libya nominated a Catholic priest to be their Ambassador to the United Nations! How is a priest allowed to hold … Continue reading
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Have Pro-Abortion Politicians Excommunicated Themselves?
Q: We heard a priest give a homily around the time of the last election, talking about “Catholic” politicians who always vote pro-abortion. He said that these politicians have already excommunicated themselves. But he didn’t explain that. Is that right? … Continue reading
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Can Pro-Abortion Politicians Receive Holy Communion?
Q: What does the Code of Canon Law say about pro-abortion politicians being allowed to receive Holy Communion? –Jay
Posted in Rights of the Faithful, The Eucharist Tagged abortion, canon law, Catholic, eucharist, politician Comments Off on Can Pro-Abortion Politicians Receive Holy Communion?