Catholic Dictionary




Formal correction of a person, either privately or publicly, for giving scandal or disturbing good order. The reprehension may be administered either by an ordinary or through a delegate. Public reprehension should be given before an official notary or two witnesses. If done by letter, there should be some documentary evidence that the reprehension (or monition) was received and what the letter actually said. (Etym. Latin reprehendere, rebuke, hold back: re-, back + prehendre, to seize.)