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Correspondence from the Congregation for the Doctrine of mass of the entire Catholic Church, bishops and other Ordinaries and Eparchs interest REGARDING THE grave offenses to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the reserved

Ratzinger THE grave offenses

Title: Correspondence from the Congregation for the Doctrine of mass of the entire Catholic Church, bishops and other Ordinaries and Eparchs interest REGARDING THE grave offenses to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the reserved

Author: Joseph Card. Ratzinger and Tarcisio Bertone

Publication: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Date: 18MAY2001

To fulfill the ecclesiastical law, which states in Article 52 of the Constitution on the Roman Curia “offenses against the faith and more serious ones both in behavior or in the celebration of the sacraments which have been reported [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] it and, if necessary, canonical declare or impose sanctions in accordance with the common or proper law “, [1] it was necessary first to define the procedure for offenses against the faith: this was accomplished through the norms titled attitude on the teachings examine Sovereign Pope John Paul II. 2, ratified and confirmed, at the same time with Articles 28-29 in the form of a specific approved. [2 ]

Almost at the same time, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, through an ad hoc commission established in devoting himself with diligent care of the canons on delicts of study, or of the Code of Canon Law , or of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches , in order to determine “the more grave delicts both against morals and in the celebration of the sacraments», in order to make the norms of special procedural “to declare or impose canonical sanctions,” because the Instruction was charged with solicitation issued by the supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office on March 16, 1962, [3] reviewed when the new canonical codes were promulgated.

Having carefully considered opinions and having made the appropriate consultations, the work of the commission finally was completed; All of which was approved by the supreme pontiff confirmed and promulgated by the apostolic letter dated our own, words beginning with the Sacraments guardian .

Serious offenses and the celebration of the sacraments and against morals for the Doctrine of the Faith, are:

– offenses against the sanctity of the august eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments , namely;

1 Taking or retaining for a sacrilegious purpose or throwing the consecrated species [4]

2 Attempting to celebrate Mass or the simulation; [5]

3 Forbidden concelebrating Mass with officials ecclesial communities which do not have apostolic succession nor acknowledge the sacramental dignity of priestly ordination; [6]

4. consecration for sacrilegious ends of one matter without the other in the celebration or even both outside the eucharistic celebration; [7]

– The offenses against the sanctity of the Sacrament of Penance , to wit:

1 The Absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the sixth commandment; [8]

2 Solicitation in or on the occasion or pretext confession of sin against the sixth commandment if violation of the sacramental addressed; [9]

3 Direct violation of the sacramental seal; [10]

For more information visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20010518_epistula_graviora%20delicta_lt.html

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