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In the old, benighted days before Dallas

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Aug 04, 2003

Is the Church making progress in dealing with sexual abuse?

Was the bad old pre-conciliar Church incapable of dealing firmly with priestly misconduct?

Take a look at entry under "Solicitation" in the old Catholic Encyclopedia, written more than 90 years ago.

Has the National Review Board suggested a better approach?

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2003 11:38 AM ET USA

    "If the confessor be found guilty, he is subject to suspension from the exercise of his orders, privation of his benefices, dignities, and offices with perpetual inability to receive such again. Regulars, in addition, lose the right of voting or being voted for in the chapter of their religious order. Benedict XIV added perpetual exclusion from celebrating Mass" Secular & Spiritual Life differs when we envision between a Worldly Perspective of Faith and in Wisdom of Divine Order & Tradition.

  • Posted by: Phil - Aug. 04, 2003 5:38 PM ET USA

    Karen, that entry refers to the old Code of Canon Law, and let's leave it to an expert to tell us how-- or if-- it translates into the 1983 code. As defined there, "solicitation" refers only to the use of the confessional.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Aug. 04, 2003 2:50 PM ET USA

    Does this apply only to the circumstances immediately surrounding the intent to make use of the Sacrament of Penance; or, does it apply to any occurrence of solicitation from a priest who at any time served as a persons confessor? I just wondered because I don't know how many of the abuse cases actually involved directly the Sacrament of Penance? Also, if it didn't involved Confession can the directives still be applied?

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