Saturday, December 24, 2022

Well worth noting …

Canon lawyer Fr. Gerald Murray on Frank Pavone's dismissal from Catholic priesthood: Only the Pope can issue a decision without appeal | Catholic News Agency.

the Code of Canon Law does not state that the possible penalties for these two offenses include dismissal from the clerical state. Canon 1368 states that a person who utters blasphemy is to be “punished with a just penalty.” Canon 1371 states that “a person who does not obey the lawful command” of his Ordinary “and after being warned, persists in disobedience, is to be punished, according to the gravity of the case, with a censure or deprivation of office or with other penalties mentioned in can 1336, 2-4.” Canon 1336, 5, which is not included in the scope of punishments for a violation of canon 1371, mentions dismissal from the clerical state.

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