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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: valid
Is it Valid If I Marry Him Just For His Money?
Q: My oh-so-devout Catholic coworker is actively looking for a husband. She provides unsolicited updates on who she’s dating and what he’s like, etc. I began noticing that her descriptions of these men always include, first and foremost, his profession … Continue reading
Re-post: Confession and General Absolution
(For years, readers have returned to this article again and again in the weeks just before Christmas, which would indicate that the problem it addresses still persists. And now that the Catholic faith and the Church’s sacramental life are being … Continue reading
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Ecclesia Supplet: Making Invalid Sacraments Valid
Q: You mentioned in “Invalid Baptisms and Unaccountable Clergy” that when Father Hood [of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan] discovered that his own baptism was invalid and he was not a priest, that meant all the weddings, confirmations, and anointing … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Baptism, Confirmation, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, Ecclesia supplet, sacrament, valid, validity Comments Off on Ecclesia Supplet: Making Invalid Sacraments Valid
What Happens When the Clergy Refuse to Baptize, Because of the Virus?
Q1 (March 2020): We had a baby earlier this week, and a few days later the diocese announced that all baptisms are suspended indefinitely except in danger of death, due to coronavirus. I want her baptized as soon as possible … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged baptism, baptize, canon law, Catholic, licit, valid Comments Off on What Happens When the Clergy Refuse to Baptize, Because of the Virus?
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?