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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: sacraments
The Virus and the Bishops: Twisting a Vatican Document to Further an Agenda
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
Posted in Clergy Issues, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged bishops, canon law, Catholic, episcopal conference, GIRM, Mass, sacraments Comments Off on The Virus and the Bishops: Twisting a Vatican Document to Further an Agenda
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
What Can (and Can’t) a Deacon Do?
Q: We have a permanent deacon at our parish. Some of us are wondering if the pastor sometimes allows him to do things that he’s not supposed to do… for example, occasionally the deacon preaches a homily at Sunday Mass … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, deacon, diaconate, sacraments Comments Off on What Can (and Can’t) a Deacon Do?
Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part II
(Part I of this article on the SSPX was posted on August 1, 2013, and can be read here.) We’ve been looking at the sacraments administered by priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), an institute which, despite … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Confession, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged canon law, canonical form, Catholic, sacraments, SSPX, validity Comments Off on Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part II
Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part I
Q: What’s the canonical status of priests ordained by SSPX bishops, and what’s the canonical status of the sacraments they administer? –John A: It would have been marvelous to be able to respond to John that the priests of the … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, sacraments, SSPX, validity Comments Off on Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part I