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SUSPENSION

The canonical censure by which a cleric is excluded from office or from a benefice or both. A suspension from office may forbid him to exercise any or all the powers of order received through ordination, and any act of jurisdiction, whether ordinary or delegated. Suspension from benefice may, with certain exceptions, deprive a cleric of the fruit of the benefice.

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

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