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Pope changes canon law: religious who abandon community life for 12 months to be dismissed

March 27, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Stating that “community life is an essential element of religious life,” Pope Francis revised provisions of the Code of Canon Law. “According to the revised canons, religious who have been ‘illegitimately absent’ from their religious house for a full 12 months are dismissed ipso facto from their Institutes,” according to the report.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 27, 2019 11:59 AM ET USA

    It would be very helpful to know what particular instance(s) caused the change. The immediate problem with this new rule of ipso facto dismissal is the possibility of "unauthorized" absence caused by a psychological depression, or absence caused by aversion to homosexual, or some other, immoral activities within the community.