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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: validity
Confession, and General Absolution (Repost)
This piece has been reposted repeatedly over the years during the Christmas season–because incredibly, the illegal abuse of General Absolution by some parish clergy is still happening! Thus it makes sense to repost it yet again. A very happy and … Continue reading
Posted in Confession, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged absolution, canon law, Catholic, confession, general absolution, validity Comments Off on Confession, and General Absolution (Repost)
Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
Q: I attended Sunday Mass while on vacation … the priest preached about the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Here are some of the statements he made. “We all need to receive this sacrament.” “Anointing is not just for … Continue reading
Posted in Annointing of the Sick, Sacraments Tagged anointing of the sick, canon law, Catholic, extreme unction, invalid, validity Comments Off on Overdoing the Anointing of the Sick
Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
(Part I of this article was posted on April 28, 2022, and can be read here.) We have been discussing a scenario described to us by John, who wanted to know if his confirmation was administered invalidly. John was concerned … Continue reading
Posted in Clergy Issues, Crimes and Sanctions, Sacraments Tagged baptism, canon law, Catholic, confirmation, excommunicate, invalid, marriage, priest, schism, validity Comments Off on Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)
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
Invalid Baptisms and Unaccountable Clergy
Q1: We’re from Michigan, and the invalid baptism of Father Matthew Hood in the Detroit Archdiocese is all over the Catholic news … lots of people are now wondering if their children were invalidly baptized too, or even if their … Continue reading
Posted in Baptism, Clergy Issues, Sacraments Tagged baptism, baptize, deacon, Fr. Hood, invalid, validity Comments Off on Invalid Baptisms and Unaccountable Clergy