Let’s wrap up the discussion on the situation of no resident pastor. Although the Church recognizes the eternal nature of ordination (usually) it restricts the employment of priests who are prohibited from exercising the ministries of their office. Hence this brief discussion on “Those Who Have Left the Clerical State.” There are no easy solutions on this front:
[168.] “A cleric who loses the clerical state in accordance with the law . . . is prohibited from exercising the power of order”.[Cf. Code of Canon Law 292; Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Declaration de recta interpretatione can.
1335, secundae partis, C.I.C., 15 May 1997, 3] It is therefore not licit for him to celebrate the sacraments under any pretext whatsoever save in the exceptional case set forth by law,[Cf. Code of Canon Law 976; 986 § 2] nor is it licit for Christ’s faithful to have recourse to him for the celebration, since there is no reason which would permit this according to canon 1335.[Cf. Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Declaratio de recta interpretatione can. 1335, secundae partis, C.I.C., 15 May 1997, 1-2] Moreover, these men should neither give the homily[As regards Priests who have obtained the dispensation from celibacy, cf. S.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Normae de dispensatione a sacerdotali caelibatu ad instantiam partis, Normae substantiales, 14 October 1980, art. 5; cf. also Ecclesiae de mysterio, Practical Provisions 3 § 5: AAS 89 (1997) p. 865] nor ever undertake any office or duty in the celebration of the sacred Liturgy, lest confusion arise among Christ’s faithful and the truth be obscured.
Consequences for bad liturgy start tomorrow. In tomorrow’s post, I mean. Any comments on clergy?