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ACCOMPLICE

Anyone who actively helps or abets a lawbreaker in a sinful act. In ecclesiastical law, the term specially applies to the person with whom a priest has committed some sin of unchastity. The same priest cannot validly absolve his accomplice of this sin except in danger of death. (Etym. Latin cum-, together + plicare, to weave, join, fold together.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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