Instruction crime of solicitation

Instruction on the manner of proceeding in cases of Solicitation

Instruction crime of solicitation

Title: Instruction on the manner of proceeding in cases of Solicitation (Crimen Sollicitationis) – Typed document with Appendices

Author: Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Ottaviani

Publication: The Vatican Press

Date: 16MAR1962

Instruction cases of Solicitation

From the Supreme and Holy Congregation of the Holy Office.

For all Patriarchs, Archbishops, Bishops and other Diocesan Ordinaries “even of the Oriental Rite”

Instruction on the manner for proceeding in cases of solicitation.

This text is to be diligently stored in the secret archives of the Curia as strictly confidential. Nor is it to be published nor added to with any commentaries

 1. The crime of solicitation takes place when a priest tempts a penitent, whoever that person is, either in the act of sacramental confession, whether before or immediately afterwards, whether on the occasion or the pretext of confession or (in a place) other than that (usually) designated for the hearing of confessions or (in a place) chosen for the simulated purpose of hearing a confession. (The object of this temptation) is to solicit or provoke (the penitent) toward impure and obscene matters, whether by words or signs or nods of the head, whether by touch or by writing whether then or after (the note has been read) or whether he has had with (that penitent) prohibited and improper speech or activity with reckless daring (Constitution Sacrum Poenitentiae, §1).

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