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Is a marriage between a transman and transwoman in accordance with Roman Catholic canon law?

TR;DR So long as the persons have not rendered themselves impotent, there is nothing preventing two transgender persons from marrying one another. However, the Church essentially recognizes only the ...
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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

Yes, the Catechism and Canon Law are two separate things The Catechism is a teaching tool for the bishops and various catechists to instruct the faithful. (Why do we receive the Eucharist? What ...
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

No. Canon 844 says: Catholic ministers administer the sacraments licitly to Catholic members of the Christian faithful alone, who likewise receive them licitly from Catholic ministers alone. So ...
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Are priests who committed a sin together able to validly administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each other?

The case you describe is explicitly forbidden and declared invalid in canon law. (The sixth commandment is against adultery.) can. 977 CIC The absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the sixth ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

What a “dispensation” is First of all, a “dispensation” is a legal term, in which the competent authority relieves one of its subjects from having to follow a law (or part of a law) in a particular ...
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Why doesn't the Roman Catholic church defrock Richard Rohr?

In the Catholic Church, laicization (sometimes called “defrocking”) of a priest is much more complicated and is imposed as a penalty much less frequently than, say, the removal of a minister in other ...
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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a book, promulgated in 1992 by Pope St. John Paul II, which seeks to explain the doctrine (that is, the body of teachings) that the Catholic Church holds. It ...
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

There is no prohibition of it in Canon Law. St. Thomas Aquinas, in Summa Theologica II-II q. 32 a. 7 ("Whether one may give alms out of ill-gotten goods?"), mentions three ways in which money may be "...
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In the Catholic Church, what makes something illicit vs. invalid?

The illicitness and the validity of Sacraments are canonical terms used to describe the effectiveness of the sacrament. Illicit means, roughly, “illegal”. In the case of a Sacrament, it means ...
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What are the stipulations for a mixed marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church?

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law, mixed marriages (where one party is non-Catholic) require permission from the "local ordinary" or bishop (Can. 1124). The children must be baptized ...
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Are non-Catholics allowed to go to confession?

I am a priest who deals mostly with children. At schools, camps, and youth events we have penance services or just plain opportunities for confession. Quite a few non-catholics often come to ...
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Can a Catholic priest conduct a Catholic baptism upon the request of non-Catholic parents, assuming that they will raise the child Catholic?

The Roman Ritual prescribes 24. An infant of infidel parents may be baptized lawfully even though the parents are opposed, provided that its life is in such danger that one can reasonably ...
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Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?

I believe I have the confirmation letter stating that I left the church.... This is a serious issue. From what you say, I am assuming that you have formally defected from the Catholic Church. By law, ...
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Why has "Devil's advocate" office been changed?

Pope John Paul II abolished the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983 No, he did not abolish this office. There is still one ...
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Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?

You can certainly re-join the Catholic Church. Your baptismal record should not have been wiped out; I believe parishes are required to keep records of all baptisms that were ever performed there. I ...
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What are the reasons for the Catholic Church's law regarding the Communion fast?

Fr. William P. Saunders of Catholic Straight Answers gives the following reasons for fasting before Communion: The most important point regarding this question concerns why we ought to [ever] fast. ...
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Is there a medical dispensation formally allowed from Lenten fasting in Catholicism?

The USCCB website has several questions and answers about Lenten observances. The last one of these is: Q. Are there exemptions other than for age from the requirement to fast on Ash Wednesday and ...
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

Church law does not explicitly prohibit revealing that a given person has been to confession or not. Here are the relevant canons from the Code of Canon Law: Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is ...
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In the Catholic Church, is there specific canon law on voluntary excommunication?

There is no such thing as voluntary excommunication, in the strict sense of excommunication. There's a good answer by AthanasiusOfAlex which explains the purpose of excommunication; I'll restrict this ...
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What do Protestants think about canon laws given by the Church Fathers?

In general, Protestants don't think about the early church canon laws much at all! Protestants endorse the ecumenical creeds, and they accept the councils' judgements of heretics, but that's about the ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

Absolution cannot be denied for truly penitent sinners: 1980 Code can. 980If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the penitent, and the penitent seeks absolution, absolution is to be ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin? The short answer is no. This is bared out in Geremia’s answer. Can. 980 If the confessor has no doubt about ...
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Why can't the laity preach a homily, and can a lay person ever preach?

Code of Canon Law states: 766.0 Lay persons can be permitted to preach in a church or oratory, if necessity requires it in certain circumstances or it seems advantageous in particular cases, ...
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What are the requirements for godparents in the Roman Catholic Church?

Disclaimer: Though I am a Catholic, I am not a canon lawyer, nor a theologian, nor a priest. I am reasonably certain that my answer is correct and in accordance with Church law; but if I am in error I ...
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What happens if one wishes to go through the RCIA process but lacks a sponsor?

The Church believes that it is important for a baptizand (in this context also called the catechumen) to have a sponsor, for a couple of reasons. The Church considers the newly baptized to be part of ...
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

The Catechism says this about Gambling. 2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

As in most such cases: It depends on the context and is complicated. The relevant norms of the CIC are: Can. 213 The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the sacred pastors ...
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Is impotence developed AFTER the marriage (and consummation) a ground for annulment in Catholic canon law?

Canon 1141 would appear to be relevant: A marriage that is ratum et consummatum can be dissolved by no human power and by no cause, except death. So, no, a consummated marriage cannot be ended ...
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Is impotence developed AFTER the marriage (and consummation) a ground for annulment in Catholic canon law?

There are only three mentions of the word impotence in the Code of Canon Law: 1) In Canon 1084, section 1. This is the impediment which you mention: Antecedent and perpetual impotence to have ...
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What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?

First of all, it is important to understand the very strict conditions under which a Pope declares things ex cathedra. To begin with, he can only make such a declaration about doctrine. Here is how ...
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