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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.
Please check the Archives first–it’s likely your question was already addressed.
Unsigned/anonymous questions are not read, much less answered (why is it necessary even to mention this?).
- When Can a Layperson Be a Pastor of a Parish?
- Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
- Opus Dei and Personal Prelatures
- What’s a Benefice? Eliminating Financial Corruption in the Church
- Can Laypeople Hold Top Vatican Positions?
- Leaving a Novice in Limbo
- Receiving Holy Communion Outside of Mass
- If My Marriage is Annulled, Why Aren’t the Children Illegitimate?
- Canon Law and Making Private Vows
- Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
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