Appendix 2 – Canon Law on Formation

Appendix 2

SYSTEMATIC ARTICULATION OF CANONS OF THE C.I.C. ON FORMATION FOR RELIGIOUS LIFE AND MINISTRIES

      1.   Formation for the Religious Life

        1.1.  Postulancy or Prenovitiate

—    Requisites for admission. Preparation ……………………………………… c. 597

        1.2. Novitiate

—    Admission to the novitiate

– 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

– Testimonies and other information ………………………………………… c.645

    Characteristics of the novitiate

 

– Nature and aims of the novitiate ……………………………………………. c.646

– Designation and life in the novitiate and outside it …………………… c.647

– Duration of the novitiate ………………………………………………………. c.648

– Absences and anticipation of first profession ………………………….. c.649

    Formation of novices

 – Formation plan and governance of novices …………………………….. c.650

– The novicemaster and the assistant ………………………………………… c.651

– Active participants, objectives and lines of novices’ formation statute c.652

– Departure from the novitiate ……………………………………………. c.653 §1.

– End of the novitiate. Extension …………………………………………. c.653 §2

        1.3. Religious Profession

 — Components of religious profession …………………………………………… c.654

— Limits of temporary profession …………………………………………………. c.655

— Requisites for validity of temporary profession ……………………………. c.656

— Renewal extension of temporary profession and

     anticipation of perpetual……………………………………………………………. c.657

— Requisites for validity of perpetual profession ……………………………. c.658

— Dispositions of temporal goods …………………………………………………. c.668

— Notation of perpetual profession …………………………………………… c.535 §2

        1.4.  Formation of Religious

  Formation after first profession: formation statute ………………………… c.659

Thrustlines of the formation statute ……………………………………………. c.660

Penance and spiritual direction ………………………………………….. cc.664; 630

Permanent or ongoing formation ……………………………………………….. c.661

        1.5.  Absence from Community and Separation from the Institute

    Absence from community life

– Characteristics and types of absence ……………………………………… c.665

    Departure from the Institute

 – General criterion ……………………………………………………………. c.657 §1

– Free definitive departure, on expiry of

   temporary vows …………………………………………………………….. c.688 §1

– Definitive departure, requested during

   temporary vows ……………………………………………………………. c. 688 §2

– Definitive departure, imposed on expiry of

   temporary vows …………………………………………………………………. c.689

– Definitive departure, requested during

   perpetual vows ………………………………………………………………….. c.691

– The indult and its canonical effects ………………………………… cc.692-693

– Free readmission of former novices and

   former temporally professed ………………………………………………… c.690

   Dismissal of members

 – “Ipso facto” dismissal …………………………………………………………. c.694

– “Ab homine” dismissal, obligatory by law ……………………………… c.695

– “Ab homine” dismissal, not obligatory by law ………………………… c.696

– Immediate expulsion from the religious house ………………………… c.703

– Decree of dismissal ……………………………………………………. cc.699, 700

– Canonical effects of dismissal ………………………………………. cc.701-702

      2.   Formation for ordained ministries[1]

        2.1.  Admission of candidates

  Conditions for admission …………………………………………………………. c.241

Prior training in humanities and sciences ……………………………….. c.234 §2

        2.2. Formation for orders

  Candidates for permanent diaconate ………………………………………. c.236 §2

Priestly studies ……………………………………………………….. cc. 248-252, 254

Pastoral preparation ………………………………………………………… cc. 255-258

2.3. Conditions in the ordinands

 

Conditions for validity……………………………………………………………. c.1024

Conditions for liceity ……………………………………………………………… c.1025

        2.4.  Requisites on the part of the ordinands

 Freedom of the candidate ……………………………………………………….. c.1026

Careful preparation ……………………………………………… cc.1027-1028, 1032

Human and religious qualities …………………………………………………. c.1029

Age and interval between orders ……………………………………………… c.1031

Pastoral practice ……………………………………………………………….. c.1032 §2

Forbidding access to ordination ………………………………………………. c.1030

        2.5.  Requisites prior to ordination

  Reception of the sacrament of confirmation ……………………………….. c.1033

Reception and exercise of the ministries of

     lector and acolyte ………………………………………………………………. c.1035 §1

Interval before diaconate …………………………………………………….. c.1035 §2

Handwritten personal declaration …………………………………………….. c.1036

Profession of faith………………………………………………………………. c.833 §6

Retreat …………………………………………………………………………………. c.1039

Special condition affecting deacons ………………………………………….. c.1038

        2.6. Irregularities and impediments

General criteria

– Principle of interpretation ………………………………………………….. c. 1040

– Ignorance ………………………………………………………………………… c.1045

– Different causes ……………………………………………………………….. c.1046

– Responsibility of the faithful ………………………………………………. c.1043

Irregularities in 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

        2.7.  Required documents, inquiry and dimissorial letters

  Documents required before ordination ……………………………………… c.1050

Inquiry on the qualities of the ordinand …………………………………….. c.1051

Dimissorial letters:

– Who grants them ………………………………………………………………. c.1019

– When they are not to be granted ………………………………………….. c.1020

– Responsibility of the ordaining bishop ………………………. cc.1052, 1022

– Validity of dimissorial letters …………………………………………….. c. 1023

        2.8.  Registration and certificate of ordination               

Authentic personal certificate of ordination …………………………… c.1053 §2

Notification to the pastor ………………………………………………………… c.1054

        2.9.  Incardination and excardination of those ordained

  Every cleric must be incardinated ………………………………………………. c.265

Incardination of religious clergy ……………………………………………. c.266 §2

Incardination of a religious cleric in a diocese ……………………………… c.693


[1] Under this heading we have selected those canons relating directly to religious ordinands. Other canons that primarily affect diocesan ordinands have not been systematized in this appendix. However some of them are cited throughout the GPF to throw light on formative guidelines for those called to different ministries. They are as follows: CC 232-234 §1, 236 §1, 237-247, 253, 259-264, 266-272, 1008, 1021, 1037.