Appendix 4: Canons of the CIC on the requisites and impediments of admission

Appendix 4

Canons of the C.I.C on the requisites and impediments of admission to the Religious Life and to Ministries

The provisions and norms of the canons of the Code of Canon Law that follow must be bore in mind from the first moment in the vocation ministry as criteria of discernment of vocations.

1.   Postulancy or prenovitiate

–    Requisites for admission                                   C. 597.1

–    Preparation                                                      C. 597.2

2.   Novitiate

–    The right of admission to the novitiate              C. 641

–    Basic personal qualities for admission               C. 642

–    Impediments invalidating admission                C. 643

–    Superiors’ denial of admission                        C. 644

–    Documents and inquiries                                C. 645

3.   Religious Profession

–    Requisites for validity of temporary profession    C. 656

–    Requisites for validity of perpetual profession      C. 658

4.   Departure from the Institute

      –    Departure from the Institute because of infirmity      C. 689

5.   Candidates for Ordained Ministries

      5.1.      Admission of candidates

            –    Conditions for admission                       C. 241

            –    Preparation                                          C. 234.2

      5.2.      Formation for Orders

            –    Priestly formation                     CC. 248-252; 254

            –    Pastoral formation                    CC. 255-258

      5.3.      Those to be ordained

…..       –    Requirements for the valid reception of orders     C.1024

            –    Requirements for the lawful ordination                 C. 1025

      5.4.      Requisites on the part of those to be ordained

            –    Freedom of the candidate                        C. 1026

            –    Careful preparation                                 CC. 1027-1028; 1032

            –    Human and religious qualities                   C. 1029

            –    Age                                                       C. 1031

      5.5.      Prerequisites for Ordination

…..       –    Reception of the sacrament of confirmation        C. 1033

…..       –    Handwritten personal declaration and signed      C. 1036

      5.6.      Irregularities and other Impediments

      –    General criteria:

            –    Principles of interpretation                     C. 1040

            –    Ignorance                                            C. 1045

            –    Different causes                                   C. 1046

            –    Christ’s faithful are bound to reveal       C. 1043

            –    Irregularities to receiving Orders           C. 1041

            –    Impediments to receiving Orders           C. 1042

            –    Irregularities in exercising Orders          C. 1044.1

            –    Impediments to exercising Orders          C. 1044.2

      –    Dispensations:

            –    In normal situations                              C. 1047

            –    Special cases                                       C. 1048

            –    Way of requesting them                        C. 1049

      5.7.      Documents, enquiries, dimissorial letters

            –    Documents required before Ordination                  C. 1050

            –      Inquiry on the qualities of those to be ordained    C. 1044.1